Many times the highlight of my Christmas has been an experience that was totally unpredictable. These experiences were not, in and of themselves, earth shattering or remarkable in any way. They were simple events that because of their timing and meaningfulness to me made them part of what I refer to as Christmas Magic.
|An ornament from my Mother's tree.|
Another event occurred this week. It involved 3 ornaments. One, a very old Christmas tree ornament that my mother put on her tree when she was alive. The second is a tiny white cherub that was part of a funeral arrangement sent for our grandson who died on a night that had just started to snow, 2 years ago this week, and the third is a rather non nondescript "store-bought" variety.
|Our tree for Christmas 2012|
Now was the time to step back, and with a glass of eggnog in hand admire and/or critique our tree. During this process I happened to notice that only one ornament was still moving, ever so slightly,on the tree. Being tired and hungry I dismissed it and went about having my supper. As often happens I dozed off for a bit and when I got up, returned to finish cleaning up the colorful debris, I was amazed that the same ornament was still moving..... keep in mind it had been about 2 hours since it was hung on the tree. All the rest of the decorations were as still as church mice, .......except for the third ornament, which now was also slightly tremulous, not as much as the first, but after close observation one could indeed detect movement!!!
Perhaps it was a slight draught, you say, or maybe the was the way in which it was suspended on the branch ( with a hook like all the rest), and you may indeed be correct. But TODAY, 6 days after they were hung on the tree, both ornaments still are the ONLY thing moving on that tree. Now, you may have guessed that the first ornament, from my Mum's tree, was the "mover" in this scenario, followed closely by the third decoration.
My heart tells me one thing but my mind tells me another.But in the words of my daughter, "tell your mind to 'butt out', it has no place in a Christmas Story". Oh,... did I mention that the third ornament was a snowflake??!!
For those who believe--you know the answer. For those who don't--there is no answer.