We all have different taste--and mine lends to those things which are filled with memories, not the "Southern Living" style.
I pulled out those old ornaments this year and spent an evening decorating the tree. I smiled, laughed, and got a little teary as I pulled each and every memory filled ornament out of the box. Even decorating alone---it was a delightful evening filled with good thoughts of Christmases over many decades.
No matter what life looks like today--one thing cannot be stripped from us--the memories of the past. And the majority of those memories of raising children, the miracle of grands, and living life---they are all good memories. While the future may look different--you cannot take the history of yesterday away.
So--yes--for many this is a difficult time of the year--but instead of dwelling on thoughts of today---I am focusing on all the wonderful years of the past--and thanking God for the blessing of good memories.
And looking forward to adding to the collection--as I continue to make memories in the future--
The visit by the Ghost of Christmas Past was a wonderful walk down Memory Lane,
which left me with excited anticipation of all God has planned for the future.
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
II Peter 3:13