Nov 30, 2015

People are More Important Than Things

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, buying presents, and all our family traditions. Including decorating the Christmas tree as a family. Yes I pull a full on Monica Geller and fix the tree after the kids go to bed, but they're little and they don't know that I do that yet.

I have been gifted (thanks to a Christmas birthday) with many decorations that I love and I have selected the perfect decorations over the years to replace the decorations from my poor college and newly married days.

I've had this little guy since I was in college. He once sat on top of my tree as I was too poor to afford a real tree topper.

Yes I had a tree in college. I couldn't afford real food but I still bought a real Christmas tree, priorities people.

Yesterday while we were decorating our tree my daughter dropped an ornament. It shattered as it hit the ground and she looked up at me with tear filled eyes.

I could almost read her thoughts.

Is mommy going to yell?
Is mommy mad?
I'm bad for breaking something.

My heart sank as I saw her reaction. It was just a stupid Target dollar spot ornament. I didn't care that it broke.

But my daughter didn't know that.

I could tell by her eyes. Those sad tear filled eyes.

After assuring her that the ornament was only a thing and that it didn't matter. I say "people are more important than things, we don't put things over people" more times than I could possibly count. My kids are going to say it to their kids one day and gasp over turning into their mother. I'm convinced of it.

But I wonder if my reaction would have been as zen if she dropped an ornament that I love.

And by wonder, I mean I know I would flip my lid.

For example this  ornament that has seen better days after hanging on the tree for 12 years. My husband proposed to me 12 years ago on December 20th by hanging this ornament on the tree with my ring on it. If this ever breaks I know my heart will break with it.

Perhaps I need to actually hear the words I say to my kids so often.

People are more important than things, we don't put things over people.

Things break.
They get lost.
They wear out.

But they are not more important than people. Especially the little people that we love more than anything in the world. Our babies who need reassurance that they are indeed more important than things.


  1. I love the story of how your husband proposed!

    But yes, people before things. It's hard to remember sometimes but it really is true.

    1. It is hard to remember, especially the things that mean so much to us. But at the end of the day they're just things.


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