Tinsel

At the end of the season, when the tinsel and wrappings and receipts are put away.. we find that what we yearned for all along was love .. to be loved, to have love, to share love.

The rest?  Tinsel.

The tree’s going up today and yes we’ll add tinsel.

But I have found what I long for most is to linger in the traditions, the joy and the warmth that the tree lights evoke for me. I love that we’ll have Christmas music playing and how supper simmers softly on the stove. I love how the lights will illuminate the room and that all of us will mill around, adding an ornament here, tweaking a branch there and joyfully sharing in the experience.

That’s what I want to bundle up and keep forever.  Those moments when my own are near, when each ornament evokes a memory, each sight and sound a delight.

That’s my tinsel.

Our tree always has bubble lights, candy canes, handmade treasures .. and tinsel.

A touch of Elvis for me …

And something to make little ones stop and take notice.

And you?  As you prepare for Christmas, what’s your tinsel?

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  1. So pretty! I love tinsel too. We just put up our December holiday decor yesterday. I love it!

  2. Memories of Christmas Past.

  3. Well, I seem to be behind in putting up the tree. (I figure we’ll put it up, and Sundae-girl will promptly take it down!) My tinsel is similar to yours: just having my two favorite guys close!

    • well .. my best laid plans got waylaid. As the resident “techie” I ended up spending several hours downstairs hooking up the home theater system to Hubbs’ new TV. (Big tv, crappy sound). But .. near the end of the afternoon the tree is up .. although not decorated. We will take our time over the next few days to decorate it.

      Having your 2 favorites close + a pretty calico kitty makes for some great tinsel! 😉 MJ

  4. Lovely thoughts.

  5. Gorgeous Tree.

  6. Lovely and too true. My tree’s up as well – but the shopping yet to do.

  7. I love the sound of your Christmas. Bubbble lights and warm food simmering on the stove. I love the smell of cookies and once again seeing all the ornaments that have a special meaning that we see once a year.

    • Thank you; we enjoyed spaghetti & meatballs that had simmered all afternoon. Got the tree up but not decorated .. tonight I think. I got distracted helping the hubbs with electronics.

      Love the smell of fresh cookies 🙂 MJ

  8. True story … when I was young, I would get so sad when I saw everyone tossing their trees out to the street. I’d walk around the neighborhood and pull off any remaining tinsel, feeling sorry for the neglected tree and tinsel. Oh the minds of kids. (smile)

    Our boys decorated the tree this year all on their own, though I did put on the lights. The tree is full of paper ornaments the boys made last year and tinsel. I look at the tree and love it. Merry Christmas, MJ.

    • I agree that the poor little trees lying alongside the road are a sad sight and I can see you out there picking off the tinsel 🙂 MJ

      Our tree has those same paper ornaments you speak of … they are fragile and so precious, more so than any other. My favorites are the ones they made in school that use their photo at that time. Wonderful!

      Merry Christmas Lenore Diane!!
      MJ

  9. Oh, beautiful! I love the images you created, both in your photos and words. These are special times to treasure.

    We will have a disjointed season this year. No tree for us, although I did some decorating before we left last weekend. We get home on the 17th and go to Seattle to meet our kids on the 19th. So, no point in doing a tree as we always put up a fresh one. BUT, we will see our kids and little Riley, so that’s the excitement I’m looking forward to!

    Hey, on a separate note, I am doing some posts on blogger awards…did one today, just wanted to say I will be following up on a very belated post from the award you passed to me. Just closing the loop! ~ Sheila

    • Seeing your kids and wee Riley will warm you up like no other — that’s wonderful excitement to look forward to :).

      Thank you for your generous words and for letting me know about your blog award, too! Cheers! MJ

  10. You’ve summed up the essence of Christmas SO well. I feel the same. What I really want is my loved ones … all of us together and at peace. All of the extras – the presents, the goodies, the ever-present dysfunction at extended family gatherings … that’s the tinsel.

    • Yep .. you and me both, Terri. Just want us all together, happy, smiling, laughing and being in the moment. don’t need anything more! MJ

  11. Cookies and Bubble Lights — what a terrific combination! Happy Holidays.

  12. Amen.
    My tinsel…a lot like yours and I would add watching the snow fall on the white-lighted pine trees in our yard while Christmas music plays softly from the living room.
    ~d.

  13. Beautifully and simply written. To just be together would be my greatest wish. And if there’s a little magic like snow on Christmas Eve like it snowed in Houston 2004, that would be memorable, too.

    • Thank you, Georgette. It’s the being together that I want most, too. We usually get snow on Christmas and sometimes have had a howler of a blizzard kick up just after everyone’s in for the night .. heavenly. Cheers to you!! MJ

  14. Beautiful post, MJ! I find myself not buying new Christmas ornaments…I prefer the old ones with all the memories attached!

    Wendy

    • Thank you, Wendy. Welcome back! We’ve missed you. I rarely buy new .. like you, I treasure the old, especially the boys’ hand-made ornaments. Every once in a while I’ll see one that I can’t resist and it comes home with me 🙂 MJ

  15. My tinsel is my grandma’s biscochito recipe!

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