This weekend, I went shopping for a live Christmas tree for the very first time.
We made some interesting discoveries along the way. Did you know, for example, that when you break the pine needles of a Douglas Fir, they smell like citrus?
We also learned that our Christmas tree is fifteen years old.
After we got home and set up the tree, I unpacked the ornaments and gave them to my kids to hang.
A little while later, I looked up and saw this:
"Where are all the ornaments?" I asked.
Turned out, my kids had hung the bulk of them on a corner of the tree facing the wall. This was their special hide-out, they explained. In order to get back there, I had to squeeze through a space that was perfect for a child. Not so comfortable for an adult.
But it was worth it. The view was magnificent.
So magnificent, in fact, I'm going to leave the ornaments where they are. After all, it is the small things -- the secret hideouts, the pretty ornaments, the citrus Christmas tree -- that matter in life.
What about you, dear reader? What small moments have you been celebrating this holiday season?