Christmas is my favourite time of year, our lounge feels so cosy by the light of the tree, with candles on the fireplace hearth. I like seeing houses lit-up as I’m out and about. And while I find the present shopping a little stressful, I do enjoy wrapping the presents I’ve brought.
We have a real tree each year, that is brought and decorated the first weekend in December and it sits in our lounge bay window. I take charge of decorating it, it has white fairy lights, with gold and dusty pink baubles of various sizes, with thick copper and gold coloured tinsel and a gold star at the top. When I say I take charge of decorating it, I should make it clear that I don’t allow anyone else to help. I do not consider myself to be a perfectionist but when it comes to my tree I will admit to being over controlling. I just couldn’t cope when my “helpful” kids placed three large gold baubles next to each other or wanted to add a plastic bright green hanging dinosaur to the tree. Yes I know it’s mean, but I admit my kids are banned from my Christmas tree.
Now I know your thinking I’m a spoil sport, but don’t think too badly of me because my kids don’t miss out, they have their own tree in the playroom. Their tree is a 5 ft white artificial one and they are in charge of it. It has multi coloured flashing lights, brightly coloured tinsel, with plastic gold stars, Disney princess baubles and home made decorations made from hammer beads, ribbon, card, paint, sequins and glitter. And while some branches of the tree are straining under the weight of decoration, others stick out completely empty.
This way we are all happy, I have my tree in the lounge that guests to our house see and the kids have their tree that is kept out of the way. Don’t misunderstand me, I do love my kids tree, for all its glaring colour and glitter, it is decorated with love by them and that makes it special, but I wouldn’t want it in the lounge. This is our hidden family tree.
So do you have a hidden tree? I think we can be a little like my two trees. There’s the person we allow others to see, you know the perfect personality person, then there’s the hidden person, the one that we save for behind closed doors. For me the hidden me is irritable, how about you? While we can hide our less than perfect selves from others we can’t hide them from God, He sees our lives as they truly are. The Bible makes it clear in Psalms, in chapter 69 verse 5 David writes “O God, you know how foolish I am, my sins cannot be hidden from you.” Don’t panic all is not lost because there’s more, the Bible also says in 1 John 1v9
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins….”
So this Christmas as you decorate your tree think about my two trees and ask yourself if God can see a hidden tree in your life and if so then come to Him as you are in complete honesty and ask for His forgiveness I feel truly grateful that I have a God who forgives everything I do, even the worst and hidden side of me.