This year just hasn’t felt like Christmas. We didn’t have a tree up or any decorations. Time has flown by and it doesn’t even seem like it should be 5 days until Christmas. A few weeks ago we were discussing a tree. Every year we go and get a live tree and love that tradition. But this year, we live in a camper. Our tree decorations are all in storage and not accessible at all. I had pretty much just decided that we were not going to be able to have a tree. We are so busy, things are crazy with building, and time was running out.
Then one night I asked Joel if he thought there was any trees on our property that might work as a Christmas tree. I told him I didn’t care if it was perfect, that really it could be a Charlie Brown type of tree. We discussed how much fun it would be if we made popcorn garland and dried oranges to hang on the tree.
So that is what we did! We decided to make the best of what we had and guess what? It turned out to be amazing! So much fun and so many memories. The kids all talked about how we should make this a new tradition. I bought one ornament and we all agreed that we will put it on the tree each year to remind us of the time we spent Christmas in the camper!
As we worked, Joel started crafting ornaments out of scrap wire from our house. He even created a copper star for the tree topper!
I love that even though this camper life isn’t ideal, some how we all encourage each other through it and find ways to be thankful. Each of us have bad days where we are tired of being in the camper, but it never fails that someone else reminds whoever is down, just how much we have to be thankful for!
Jesus is truly the reason for the season and without a tree or decorations that doesn’t change, but the memories made decorating this sweet little tree are irreplaceable! Camper Christmas has had many obstacles to figure out (like where do I keep all the presents until Christmas) but I sure am happy to be here with all of my family and our Charlie Brown tree! And most of all this Christmas I am thankful for a savior who was sent to us as a baby on Christmas day! Thank you Jesus!