I put the ornaments on the tree today, beginning with these two -- the glass ball with the map of the world etched on, and the dove carrying an olive branch. It seems like the best place to start.
The rest of the tree gets decked with stars, angels, and other things that belong on trees -- leaves, birds, a tree frog. Okay, I'm not so sure about the reindeer, but it's in there too.
They catch the light in their own ways.
A crystal apple from a visit to Denmark just after college, years ago, and stars and angels from many places, thanks to a tradition of buying a Christmas ornament from Ten Thousand Villages every year, another way of praying for peace on earth -- or at least, for fair trade and hope for the artisans who make the products.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.