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I would love a white tree. I have no idea why. They’re very appealing to me, though, with their ethereal quality and smile-inducing powers. However, it’s not in my budget and we have a perfectly good tree from Target that I paid around $20 for four or five years ago. It serves us well, although it’s rather skimpy with lots of light shining through its sparse naked branches. Fortunately, we have approximately twenty years worth of ornaments, all inherited, purchased, crafted and gifted, so when it’s all dressed up, it’s quite lovely in its own right. In fact, I never did think it was such a bad little tree.
It’s a standing testament to our family history and each ornament has a story.
As we decorate the tree each year, I reflect on these ornaments and how I came to be their guardian. I think about those that are no longer here in body, but remain in spirit. I think about when my children were very small and made me wonderful pre-school gifts. I think about fun family times and Christmases past. It’s a life review for each year and a very special time. As much as I would like a themed pristine white tree, I would miss these precious ornaments. They invoke a feeling of joy and contemplation. And really, that’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.