How lovely are your ornaments? Honestly, I don’t really think it even matters. Some people say that ugly ornaments aren’t allowed on their tree, or that the homemade ones should go toward the back. But I think the beauty of a Christmas tree is that you don’t need to have sterling silver snowflakes adorned in diamonds dangling from the evergreen branches for your tree to be magical.
My roommate and I have some crazy ornaments on our tree this year. Over the past few years, I have acquired some of the tackiest ornaments made of scraps of yarn, popsicle sticks, or craft foam (and sometimes even all three!). Up close if you look at each of these ornaments individually, I’ll admit they might not be gorgeous. However, when you put them all together on the tree and the Christmas lights glow around them from every angle, their beauty is incredibly enhanced. But each one of those ornaments represents a memory of some sort: the people I’ve crafted them with, the loving hands that stitched them, and the overall joy of this beautiful season over the 24 Christmases I have celebrated thus far in my life.
So go ahead and put up tacky in all its glory this year, because together when all of your memories are represented on your Christmas tree, everyone will somehow manage to see its beauty.