the ‘kid’ ornaments waiting to be carefully placed on the tree
 Schaeffer Jo selecting the perfect spot for her ornaments
hanging them with care

big helper Tobi

 the tree trimmed with not a branch to spare!
Each year, our family gathers at my mom & dad’s house the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up the Christmas tree, decorate Christmas cookies and spend time together getting ready for the Christmas season. 
This year it an especially special weekend, as we were able to bless my parents by getting out their decorations and putting up the tree, as neither of them could physically lift the weight of the tree or the ornaments out of storage. We enjoyed a great evening of being together, sharing memories of Christmases past, and looking to the future with great joy and hope.