Tree Romance

treeObviously the tree is up. Although it is an artificial tree ready to celebrate its silver anniversary – 25 years ago we bought it in protest of way-too-high live tree prices – it is still holding its own, showing its age only in the ends of the branches which, having lost their needles, are down to bare wire.

I never decorate the same tree. Some years I put a few branches in the wrong place, move the lights onto different levels, rearrange the ornaments, leaving some off the tree and taking out others stored away. For years one Christmas ritual was the addition of a new ornament, but now there are so many, I can’t find enough spots to display all I want to. Kinda like life – so many interesting things to see, do, or learn about, and no way to squeeze them all in. Yet when I’ve added as much as I can, the lights shine brightly and the trim glistens and sparkles.

The holidays are notable for the psychic atmosphere which seems to come in  moments of joy and peace – at least in pockets. If you become still on Christmas Eve, you can almost feel the world taking a breath of holiday. Busyness ended for few moments of contemplation and remembering. Life is full and now is a good time to look back and honor what was, as well as what is now. Shallow and clichéd thoughts, perhaps, but what creates clichés is that they reflect a general truth.

Still thinking about the direction of this blog and what I propose to do with it in the new year, providing, of course, that the world doesn’t end tomorrow, December 21. I’ll make time to write a mission statement on such an auspicious day, and hope that Saturday it will make sense.

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