Meaningful Tradition

December 17, 2014

If you’ve been around Simplistically Sassy for a while, you know about our Miracle story.  My youngest son, and 4th child, had a stroke when he was 9 days old, and we were able to figure that out, and he was life flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center, where doctors decided to do brain surgery, to remove the blood clot, and that decision saved his life.  In turn it helped him to not have any physical or mental problems because of his stroke.  

My husband and I are always reminded of those times when our little boy has his birthday, and as the days after his birthday pass.  Because of the amazing things that PCMC did for us, we love to give back to them each year.  In December Utah does a Festival of Trees, and 100% of the proceeds are given to PCMC.  This is our way to contribute each year.  Some years we’ve just gone, and we’ve done a large tree before.  This year … this year, was 5 years since Jack’s life was given another chance.  We HAD to do something.  

Our family LOVES Legos, LOVES them.  We had to do a Lego tree.  It was so so so much fun.  I’m so grateful for those that donated to this cause and helped us out.  My husband an I got to spend the afternoon together putting it all together.  (Please excuse the slight blur from the random kind person who took our picture, lol)Life's Building Bricks 2014 by Simplistically Sassy  

Jack’s wonderful story got spread around the Festival of Trees employees, and soon, I was on the phone with PR people, and getting emails from other people asking to use or pass on Jack’s story.  It was so strange.  Then … then, a local TV show contacted me and asked if they could come and film our family and Jack’s story.  It was so fun to share that and to help promote Festival of Trees.  You can watch our segment here.

Here are some pictures we have of our tree.  We made each ornament and had to Kragle (GASP!!!) them all together (as per Festival rules) and then we used plumbing piping from the hardware store to make the Lego Garland.  We put 1×2, 1×3 and 1×4 Legos in the piping.  It was tricky, but turned out awesome.  Life's Building Bricks by Simplistically Sassy

I used this pattern to make the Lego tree skirt.  I modified it slightly.  It was about 24 hours of crocheting to make the entire thing (which wasn’t big).  I LOVE how it turned out.  Life's Building Bricks by Simplistically Sassy

Our awesome friend made our Lego star.  He was kind enough to donate it to us for the top of our tree.  He spend some time helping to fit to to the tree.  Thanks so much Brian!!  It turned out perfect, much better than I imagined it would.Life's Building Bricks by Simplistically Sassy

Then we were able to put some sets with the tree, along with The Lego Movie.  It was wonderful.Life's Building Bricks by Simplistically Sassy

Does your family have a meaningful tradition to help keep things in perspective and help remember that Christmas is more than getting gifts?  If so, what is it?

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