Christmas is not about things. Every sensible person, whether celebrating a secular or Christian holiday season, knows that.

But on this first year in a new home, as we unpack the boxes marked CHRISTMAS, the things, in many cases, equal memories. And their importance radiates ~

even our littles know it.

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they were so helpful this year!

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this ornament is from Mrs. Harrison, my kindergarten teacher

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these I Love Lucy collectibles have been lost since we decorated last Christmas. Welcome back, Ricky, Lucy, Ethel, and Fred!

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the I Love Lucy ornaments are all accounted for, too.

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Since we have a bigger tree this year, I decided to put some of the special ornaments in groups. This is my favorite section: our family.

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This little alcove holds the Charlie Brown Christmas tree Josh gave me last year, our family wreath, and some of our treasured family Christmas pictures.

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This was our nativity when I was growing up, and when my mom got a new one, I decided it needs to have heirloom status.

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All the kids love watching Daddy set out the Mickey Mouse Clock Shop.

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and we all agree: best tree ever.

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I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Christmas ‘things.’ What warms your heart when you unpack it every year?

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