I know, I know. Christmas is over. And what in the heck is a Wishmas tree? It’s our family’s way of thinking of other people. I started this years ago with our kids because this is quite the season of asking for things for ourselves, ya know? So I came up with the Wishmas tree to ask for things for others instead.
It’s an unassuming tree that we keep in the dining room now, but when kids were little, they loved it right in the kitchen! It was “almost” as exciting as their advent calendars. I decorate it with a simple garland-this year was a bell garland from Michael’s. I purchased it last year, but I found some similar garlands here and here.
While it wasn’t intended for this, it has been a bit of a time capsule for us. Each year, the kids have asked for things that relate to what’s going on in the world around us. I have a senior in high school this year, so you can imagine how badly she wishes for this.
The rules are pretty simple. They have to wish for someone or something outside of themselves. The Wishmas tree is a time for thinking of others. My son may have asked for lower taxes 😉 , but he also asked for someone at his work to get well. No questions asked. I’m just happy to see him thinking of someone else.
Well if you ever want to have a Wishmas tree of your own, hopefully this will give you some inspiration! I keep the cards/ornaments stored away to read as they get older…and can’t seem to remember that we’ve ever had this tradition until I show them. Ugh.