When I look at our lovingly decorated tree this year, I realize that the decorations convey memories of our lives together.

Anxious to get a tall tree, we went early to buy one. At the nursery where we go, they actually name their trees. How cute. So with great care, we brought home Freddie – an 11ft tree.

Now Freddie stood naked for two weeks until we found the time to get him dressed. We joked that we could start a new trend of the natural look, but of course, we didn’t.

I have to say decorating him was a nerve-racking experience as my husband, perched precariously on a ladder installed the lights and the angel at the top. I was relieved when that part was done.

But it is the decorations that bring flash backs to the past. Like the snowman on skis who always goes up on the tree. He is from my childhood – an antique you could say. I find it interesting that growing up in Scotland, he’s on skis. Perhaps a hint at my future in emigrating to Canada.

Then we have a collection of beautifully stitched toy ornaments that we purchased when we were expecting our first child. We’d bought them at a Red Cross craft show and they are always on the tree. Next are the ones that I made (I know, hard to believe) with the girls. They too have stood the test of time, and go up on the tree every year.

There are also ones that the girls made – the nativity scene made out of popsicle sticks and peanuts, the photos of themselves framed and laminated. The latter are frowned on by the girls now, not wishing to show their younger selves, but despite their protests, up they go.

With living on the farm, we now have several woolly sheep, cows, and birds on the tree as well as decorative ornaments collected on our travels. And we have a collection of teddy bears – all shapes and sizes on the tree.

These memories are important and once a year we get to reflect back on happy times in our lives and Christmases spent with loved ones who are no longer with us.

To me that is what it is all about – being with friends and family, and remembering those who have passed on but are still with us in our hearts.

Thank you Freddie for being the vehicle to create those warm memories.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.

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