It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas (Christmas Countdown Day 6)

Nothing says “Christmas” quite like the woodsy smell of a Christmas tree and one of my favorite holiday traditions is the trimming of the tree.

As we open the boxes of ornaments and hang them on the tree one by one, it’s like greeting old friends.

Grandma’s handmade ornaments – beaded candles and crocheted bells and cheery candy canes – passed down to me when she died.

Homemade ornaments like this one that I made when I was only two years old.

Ornaments that have hung on the tree every year since as far back as I can remember.

Ornaments that were lovingly handcrafted for me by good friends more recently.

The kids have their ornaments, too, and the good memories already stacking up year after year.

Christmas music, fun family, and happy memories.

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.