Our Family Tree

November 24, 2008

I want to share my son’s side of the Christmas tree story.  Up til last year my son has had his own tree to decorate – actually it was my first tree.  It had weathered 30 or so Christmas’s, many moves, the annual hibernation and rebirth, and as a result was a little the worse for wear.  In its hay day it was “the tree” but many research dollars have since gone into creating the perfect “fake” tree, to which my old tree paled in comparison.   In the interest of storage, and remaining true to what a ‘Christmas’ tree should look like, we recycled the old tree.  
So this year the dilemma was, what to do with all the treasured decorations collected for my son in his 9 short years.  My solution was to give him 1/4 of the family tree to decorate from top to bottom.    His decorations represent his young life from the Santa he made tracing his wee hand, through his Bob the Builder Days to the Harley Davidson of his future.   He was thrilled to display all that was important to him on the main tree, centre stage.
I am a self-proclaimed Christmas tree decorating fanatic – tirelessly weaving 1000 miniature lights from the trunk along each branch, and carefully placing each decoration.  So I was pleasantly surprised to see Scooby Doo and the Bat Mobile harmoniously mingling with the hand-blown red glass balls and unique hand-selected ornaments on our “family” tree.   
As an energy conservation, and safety, measure the tree is only on when we are in the room to enjoy it.  But since Christmas is such a great family time and all too short, we will take every opportunity we can to enjoy our “family” tree. 

2 Responses to “Our Family Tree”

  1. Steph Says:

    Enchanting. You write beautifully

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