O, Christmas tree

We bought a Christmas tree yesterday. In fact, we bought two living trees. We couldn’t resist. One is a twelve-foot Western Red Cedar with variegated leaves—magnificent. It’s not exactly a Christmas tree, meaning, how will we ever hang ornaments on it? But I think we will bring it in the house anyway. Imagine the aroma. The other is a Bosnian pine, equally difficult to decorate with its long needles. But it’s the idea that counts. The most memorable trees from Christmas past are the ones that were not perfect. One year my brother brought home a pine tree that was practically round. He usually cut one in the woods, but I think this one was from the sale lot. It must have been the last one. Nobody else wanted it. One year in Alaska we cut an enormous tree from our property. There were a lot of gaps and places to hang large, (and I mean really large) ornaments. By the time we took it down, almost all the needles had fallen.

decorating the tree

decorating the tree

We look forward to planting our living trees in January. They will add interest to our landscape and remind us year round of Christmas 2014.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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