I have spent my entire adult life working with children. So, the tree is covered with ornaments children have gifted me with because they found them lovely.
Later we became parents and our own children made special ornaments which capture stages of their growth.
Through it all we have been blessed with friends who have honored us with gifts fashioned with their own hands.
The result is somewhat messy, like life itself. It is a reflection of people we have loved and who have loved us back. It is a culmination of the years. As I look at our tree covered in a mishmash of ornaments– some simple construction paper, some gaudy glitz– I am content. I would like to think the theme of this particular Christmas tree is life well lived.