Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Oh Christmas Tree December 18, 2013

A chubby fisherman. A pickle. Yoda. These are all random pieces that make up the whole of the Schmidt family Christmas tree. I found myself browsing the ornaments today from my perch in the windowsill and I realized how incredibly random they are.The tree and I

There are snowflakes, and a frog, and a stand mixer, and (gasp!) even a picture of me scattered throughout the tree. Each ornament has its own story, starting with the ones mom and dad both got as children. Then there are the ones they’ve purchased together through their time as a couple. “Our First Christmas” 2004 is among mom’s favorites. This year, a stork joined the mix to commemorate the impending arrival of our little person.

It’s its own kind of melting pot of stories and memories. And that too is a random piece that makes up the whole of society. It’s different for everyone. I’d venture to say it’s safe to assume no two Christmas trees are alike. Each one tells a story (or stories) of the home it graces. There are big trees and little trees and real trees and fake ones. There are trees filled to the brim with beautifully coordinated ornaments and trees of random memories collected through the years.

As I found myself somewhat entranced by the lights today, I realized there is something more than beauty to be taken from these trees. Just as they take on their own unique sense of personality, we too have our stories that make us who we are. And, depending on the circumstances, we may not share them as openly as we could. I understand from a practical standpoint why a Christmas tree only on display for a short time each year, but I see no reason why this should be true of our unique senses of identity. That should always be shared.

Even if it comes randomly, like in the form of a tiny pig or a plaque that reads “Nothing Is Impossible to a Willing Heart” on the Christmas tree. Because I’m not certain whether stories inspire life or life inspires stories. And maybe it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the stories get shared.


19 Responses to “Oh Christmas Tree”

  1. huntmode Says:

    I just love these pictures of you, Wyles! I always click to enlarge the view. It brings out details lost in the little ones. You look so protective of your tree in this one. πŸ™‚ Stories are coin of the realm, Wiley! Best ~ HuntMode – P.S. Good observation re every Christmas tree is unique.

    • My mom got a new one of those gadgets called Smartphones (the ones I don’t think are that smart) and that has been fun for her to experiment with the new camera. I am indeed protective of the tree and all it represents. I’m practicing my protective stance for when the little person comes home. What do you think? πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

  2. writetowag Says:

    Precious indeed dear doggie soul mate!!!! Very true words as always…Love to you and your momma!!!! Hugs!!!!

    • Dear friend,
      It warms my heart to hear from you…I know it’s only been a year, but I feel like our doggie soul mate status has been that way for so much longer. Thank you for being you…who I think is pretty darned special!
      Lots of love to you and your whole family!

  3. kiwiskan Says:

    Happy Christmas Wiley

  4. utesmile Says:

    Your Christmas tree is so beautiful with the lights, enjoy it! I do like the stork addition!

  5. PigLove Says:

    Beautiful my friend – beautiful! XOXO – Bacon

  6. OOo you have so given me a brilliant idea for my first Christmas in my new house next year (if I can remember it!) Thank you once again I feel so much better for visiting your little corner of the web!!

    • Dear friend,
      I have said it before but this is something I never mind repeating. It brings me joy to bring others joy, so thank you for your kind words about your visits. I look forward to seeing you. Truly. I hope all is well…it sounds that way with a new house in the horizon! πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,

  7. Geraldine Says:

    Wishing you a magical Christmas season and all the good things in 2014! πŸ™‚

  8. Your tree is pretty, W. Ours is little and every year, Mom adds 3 new ornaments. A cupcake (or dog) ornament for me, an angel for her sister, and a cardinal for her brother. I love how family trees tell a story. And it’s never a sad story because it’s a Christmas tree. It’s a story of memories and love.

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      As usual, your mom inspires me. I love the idea of her three ornaments and how they each mean something very important in the overall story her tree shares with whoever sees it. Thanks for sharing it with me.
      Lots of love,

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