The Christmas Tree That Almost Wasn’t

Christmas TreeI’ve had a Christmas tree every year for the past 40 years. A LIVE Christmas tree lit and covered in ornaments rich with memories (not so much when I was one, but you get the idea). And then came Christmas 2011. And I pondered whether I really wanted to go to all that trouble.

Thistle’s first Christmas seemed like a good one to skip. One less thing in the house for her to chew on. One less thing on my hectic holiday schedule. I normally put the tree up about two weeks before Christmas. This year I let December 11 pass with no tree. I decorated the mantel and the dining room. I put out garland and glittery candles. Lovely even with no tree.

But each evening I went to bed, fingers itching to turn out the Christmas tree lights. And when I got up in the morning I missed the soft, golden glow of the pre-dawn tree. So yesterday I caved. I bought a modest, little tree that would actually slide into the backseat of the car. I drove home heady with the scent of pine and I . . . smiled.

Now it feels like Christmas.

6 thoughts on “The Christmas Tree That Almost Wasn’t

  1. Pat Maruca

    I know what you mean, Sarah. For the past three or four years I thought I would “finally” Not put up a tree… the kids are just too far away to make it. But… I have always ‘caved’ (as you put it). Then this year it finally dawned on me – I put the tree up for ME! So, this year I did it all by myself from start to finish and have enjoyed it every day. Keep it up…. Smile :-)!

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