Many, many years ago, when my son and I were alone for Christmas, while I was in college and struggling to make ends meet, we had a tough Christmas. Not only were gifts out of the question, but the tree was absent, as well.
I called Catholic Charities around the 23rd or so and they gifted me $50. With that money, we ate, had gas for a lovely drive in the country and – went to the local five and dime to see what they had for Christmas decorations.
On the checkout counter was a plethora of ‘little things’ for last minute shoppers. Among those things stood a tiny, tired looking tree made of a wooden stand and not-so-perfect plastic branches/needles.
Also, there were plain, tiny wooden disc ornaments. These “last minute sales items” were affordable. So we left with a small bag of “Christmas” joy.
In my sewing “stuff” I had some leftover lace that had “star” shapes in it; my Son had paints in his model kits.
We sat down the day before Christmas and went to work. I cut out the “stars”; my Son painted the discs in his so-perfect 7 year-old way. We shared and laughed and even shed a few tears that evening. These “lovelies” we created from the Charity of the church and the Love in our hearts, graced our humble little tree that season. We ate well and thanked our “god” for the many blessings we had.
We never forgot that Christmas; to this day, at 69 with my Son so far away, we still put those little discs and those 2 lace stars on our tree. Lest – we forget.