Trimming the Tree

Putting up a holiday tree has become a sentimental experience. Each ornament, gathered through the years, holds significance.

I’m fortunate to have vintage, glass bulbs salvaged from my grandmother’s now extinct collection, and pieces representing the birth and growth of each of my three children.

Through the years this little tribe of mine and I made it a practice to gather ornaments from our travels and adventures:

*See story below in postscript

Each year now, as the children have grown and so have I, trimming the tree with my partner is a celebration in the journey of all our lives. Strangely enough, or maybe not so strange, I determined that this year’s tree would have an added dimension of intention and manifesting. I decided that we would decorate with ornaments that followed a color theme: red, silver and black. (I had to make a deliberate trip to Salt Lake’s Modern Display in order to find the black ornaments.) The purpose behind the color theme is to appreciate, honor and manifest more of the following into the upcoming new year:

Red – increase the amount of passion in work and life

Silver – increase our vibration with the highest energy available to mankind

Black – increase the fertility and growth in all we undertake

 As I sit back and enjoy the presence of this tree in our home, it seems “right” to have utilized it for these purposes.

It evokes reflection backward with joy and forward with hope and purpose.

And looking at the lights and glow it creates in our living room makes me wonder what other people/families are feeling as they trim their homes and trees.

I took time to read about Mary Strait’s experience from her blog Strait Talk: The Strait-up Life of the Straits Family.

What about you? I’d like to hear whatever you are willing to share about your decorating or non decorating experience this year.

Post Script

(Here is the post script you’ve been waiting for! See the Bear and Dart Ornament above.)

Our first home, post divorce from the children’s father, offered us a third-floor view of a red dart lodged near the top of a tree lining our backyard stream. When an ice storm had its way with said tree, the single branch dismantled by the storm just so happened to be the very one impaled by the dart. We rescued the dart and attached it to this teddy bear for Christmas memories to come.

Salt Lake Ninja on the Loose

The job of giving away toys has long been filled by Santa Claus.

The role of delighting millions with laughter and much needed support has been keenly played out by Ellen.

So what does one do with a enlarged sense of giving when two of the top positions are taken?

You become a Food Ninja. Well at least if your name is Elif, this is what you do.

Having been the benefactor of many a stealth mission I can say this local Ninja has caused a quiet yet stir with her process of giving.

Recently I inquired of Elif to explain what makes her food gifting tick. Here is her reply.

Being a Food Ninja is an extension of my core character. I feel that everyone should have a moment in which they feel loved, validated, cared about, and thought of. In my own way, I try to become stealth like a ninja and leave something by someone’s door who may need a smile. It is not about recognition for me but for recognition of the recipient that someone cares about them.

I have always been a “giver” but I began to get more serious and organized after reading the book “29Gifts” by Cami Walker. The concept is to give 29 gifts in 29 days and see how your life can change. If you want to live in a more caring world, then you need to actually put more “Care” out into the world. Is it a movement? Yes, people need to learn that kindness and caring toward each other is more valuable than criticism, greed, and selfishness. When someone is given an unexpected gift, it brightens their whole being and they, in turn, do a nice deed for someone else. Maybe someone is a “coffee” ninja and buys the stranger behind them a coffee and quietly leaves the cafe. My venue is food because I love to cook. As I went through the 29gifts process, my daughter and I one day baked up cupcakes in Ice Cream Cones on a snowy Valentine’s day. We walked down the street with 2 dozen cupcakes and handed them out to whoever we met. The warm energy, love, and appreciation from everyone was so palpable that my 3 year old exclaimed: Mama, it may be snowing outside, but it is so warm in my heart with everyone’s smiles as they eat their cupcakes.

Slowly, the Food Ninja concept began to take shape. Make up extra food and leave it by friends and family’s doorsteps for them to come home to after a long day’s works. I am a mother, so I am also concerned that those that I love are eating well. If I knew that a friend was having a difficult time at home, I would cook up a full meal and leave it by their door or in their refrigerator if I had the key. At least, I knew they were eating well one night a week. Friends who go on vacation, come home to a full fridge and an easy to bake meal because I understand how tiring it can be to travel. Who wants to go grocery shopping and cook after a long day of traveling?

People work so hard in their daily lives that sometimes they just need to take a break and have someone care of them. If I could feed the world, I would. It bothers me greatly that kids do not have home cooked meals or what it is like to have a wholesome meal around the table with their family. It hurts me that families have to work so hard to make enough money that they don’t have enough time to be present with those that mean the most to them. The meal, for me, is the connection that brings the family together. If I could provide an outlet or support for busy people with my food so that they have more time connecting and loving their family, then I will have felt successful.


If you would like more information on Elif Ekin I suggest you check out her blog: Mostly Happy or perhaps read her book: Mostly Happy, A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Journey through Divorce.