#FMF – Collect

Collect:
1)to gather together, assemble
2)accumulate, make a collection of
3)to regain control of one’s self

joining together with those fabulous writers to are compelled to put their pens to paper or fingers to keyboard each week and find out what one word inspires in them each as they write for five minutes unedited. its always interesting to me to see what comes of these ‘brain dumps’ for me.

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The Christmas tree in our house is very unique. My brother and I have had ornaments selected for us when young, and then had the joy of being able to choose some that we liked as we have grown older. We have a tradition of each receiving a new ornament for that year at the breakfast table on Christmas morning. My parents receive one that represents our family, and then my brother and I each receive one. My parents chose rocking horses to be a theme for my brother and bells to be a theme for me. Over the years we have stepped away from certain themes when certain ornaments catch our eyes, but since my brother and i are both over 30 and that is approximately 60 ornaments with my parents ornaments, we have a very full tree.

I have collected bells that are too big for the tree, and decorate mantels or bookshelves in the house. One year I found Crate&Barrel and went crazy and ohh and ahhed over the selections. I chose some gorgeous carved items for my mom and dad, and a silver trike for my brother and a glass pig for me (I adore pigs). There are framed pictures of horses for my brother, and some hand made items that don’t fit the theme. Ornaments made from cardboard, spraypaint and glued noodles from my preschool days.

We love the Christmas holidays in our house. The calm of the music, the amazing food, the gathering of family, the tree all aglow just has a calming about it. The past couple of years, my brother hasn’t been able to make it home, but we have still filled the tree with his ornaments. Unfortunately, with the group of ornaments we have, we almost need to have two trees to get them all out, so each year, different ones make their appearance.

the best part of all this collecting is that at the end of our decorating, when we sit down to enjoy the tree, it always looks amazing and kind of looks like we planned for it to all match. What a cool blessing.

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