I am going to get on my soap box for a moment....
I have been reading a lot of blogs and talking to a lot of people, who seem to make a HUGE deal about separating Christmas trees. That is having an "adult" tree and having a "kid" tree. This confuses me a little bit. Growing up, we had ONE tree. One tree filled with pretty glass ornaments, handmade kid ornaments, ugly tinsel, bright colored lights, and to some it may have been tacky... but to us, it was PERFECT. So really, is it THAT important? Does it really matter if there is an adult tree and a kid tree? What does the Christmas tree symbolize, anyway? Well... I looked it up. Here's what I found:
Why do we have a decorated Christmas Tree? In the 7th century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the Word of God. He did many good works there, and spent much time in Thuringia, an area which was to become the cradle of the Christmas Decoration Industry.
Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the Fir tree as God's Tree, as they had previously revered the Oak. By the 12th century it was being hung, upside-down, from ceilings at Christmastime in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity.
The first decorated tree was at Riga in Latvia, in 1510. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas Tree with candles, to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.
So, in our home, we will have one tree. It will be decorated with a plethora of ornaments my kids make, my (and Andy's) old homemade ornaments, beautiful lights, shiny glass balls... and it will be a symbol of Jesus and why we chose to follow Him. It will be a reminder that Christmas isn't about the presents, the trees, the decorated houses, or anything the media says it's about... It's about the GREATEST gift ever given to us, Jesus Christ.
Off Soap box.