Giving Trees

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Blue glow  RS

What is it about a Tree that is so magnificent and grand?

Someday– God willing– I hope to be planted with a Tree– where someone will perhaps stop, sit  and read a book,  or just  for a while to enjoy the view and think. I can’t imagine a sweeter resting place than near a tree that gives so much and expects so little.

So today we will look at different types of trees.

Especially the Christmas tree — we decorate it, celebrate it and sing round it and about it.

Charlie Brwn yard RS

One of my favorites is Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. What a simple little guy– with such simple beauty. (ok now this version is the dolled up version BEFORE we really saw the simple one with the simple ornament.

Frost bitten

Snow crystals grab hold tight!

metal trees  RS

 Out side brought in – in Christmas village style.

lit trees RS

Lit trees

Racoon Tree sleigh RS

Even these darling Racoons love their Christmas tree.

~~~ In the Spirit of all Trees Giving ~~~ continuing with my Christmas Stories– I give you

The Giving Tree

I was a single parent of four small children, working at a mini-mum-wage job. Money was always tight but we had a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our backs and, if not a lot, always enough. My kids told me that in those days they didn’t know we were poor. they just thought Mom as cheap. I’ve always been glad about that.

It was Christmas time and although there wasn’t money for a lot of gifts, we planned to clebrate with chruch and family, parties and friends, drives downtown to see the Christmas lights, special dinners, and by decorating our home.

But the big excitement for the kids was the fun of Christmas shopping at the mall. They talked and planned for weeks ahead of time, asking each other and their grandparents what they wanted for Christmas. I dreaded it though. I had save $120 for presents to be shared by all five of us.

The big day arrived and we started out early. I  gave each of the four kids a twenty-dollar bill and reminded them to look for the gifts that cost about four dollars each. Then we all scattered. We had two hours to shop; then we would meet back at the “Santa’s workshop” display.

Back in the car driving home, everyone was in high Christmas spirits, laughing and teasing each other with hints and clues about what they had bought. My younger daughter, Ginger, who was about eight years old, was unusually quiet. I noted she hand only one small, flat bag with her after her shopping spree. I could see enough through the plastic bag to tell that she had bought candy bars– fifity-cent candy bars! I was so angry. What did you do with that twenty dollar bill I gave you? I wanted to yell at her, but I didn’t say anything until we got home. I called her into my bedroom and closed the door, ready to be angry again when I asked her what she had done with the money. This is what she told me.

“I was looking around, thinking of what to buy, and I stopped to read the little cards on one of the Salvation Army’s ‘Giving Trees.’ One of the cards was for a little girl, four years old, and all she wanted for Christmas was a doll with clothes and a hairbrush. So I took the card off the tree and bought the doll and the hairbrush and took it to the Salvation Army booth.”

“I only had enough money left to buy candy bars for us,” Ginger continued. “But we have so much and she doesn’t have anything.”

I never felt so rich as I did that day.

Kathleen Dixon

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Enjoy this blessed season!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

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December 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm | christmas | 33 comments


33 responses to “Giving Trees”

  1. CailinMarie says:

    Oh fabulous.  That blue photo!  And the ice picture!  Grand!

  2. Claudie says:

    I will sit by your tree and read to you. You will shade me when the sun is too bright, and cover me when the rain is too cold. You will let the sun shine through when it’s a cold winter day and you will always be there till I grow old.
    I’m not usually like this you know Claudia, but you touched me tonight. Oh and yes I’m back.
    Love you dear friend.
    Love Claudie

  3. Teresa says:

    Wonderful post.  Beautiful pics.  I love Snoopy and Charlie brown Christmas, that’s so great.  My post is also about a tree but not Christmas this week.  They are awesome beings. 

  4. Lenore says:

    Wow, Claudia….another story to bring tears to my eyes
    Love your snow crystals tree.

  5. Ebie says:

    A very touching story, and that’s what Christmas is all about, the gift of giving. Love the shot of the snow crystals, is that weeping willow tree?
    Happy Holidays Claudia!

  6. Well that brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you for that beautiful post.  –Delores

  7. Touching story! Such an unusual shild to think about children less fortunte that herself. Very nice photos of the different trees.

  8. pam says:

    What a wonderful post and I love that book.

  9. HOOTIN' ANNI says:

    All so very clever!  I especially like the very first one AND the one with ice crystals.
    My Wednesday post is published.  I hope you can find time to visit with me.  It’s found <a href=”http://hootin– ml”>Here</a>

  10. Oh Claudia, tears of joy you’ve brought me today. This reminded me of when my daughter was 7-years-old and she came home from school barefoot. Angrily I ask where the shoes, just bought the day before, were. She quietly told me she had given them to her friend Jackie, who had holes in the bottom of hers and reminded me she had plenty of shoes in her closet.
    That was twenty-eight years ago and still to this day, she has the biggest heart of anyone I know.
    Lovely post and btw, I love all the other trees also!

  11. Sue says:

    Dear Claudia,  I am loving your pictures and reading your stories. Thank you so much for both! I hope all is going well for you in preparation for this special holiday.
    hugs, Sue

  12. Sally says:

    I love your post on trees, and that first blue picture is so good you should frame it. Your Christmas story is quite touching; it is better to give than to receive.

  13. Sarah says:

    Claudia, it’s difficult to type with teas clouding my eyes.  What a heartwarming story of a special child.  Thank you for sharing this story today and for these amazing photos of trees.  I grew up where mesquite trees were about the only trees and now live in an older neighborhood that has many oaks.  I appreciate each and every one of them!
    Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  14. Merrilymarylee says:

    Claudia, this is lovely!  That first picture…oh, my!
    I know the dangers of ice on trees but it certainly is lovely.
    Your storytelling talent is remarkable, Lady!

  15. Denise says:

    Great story….that is what Christmas is about.  I love the photo of the snow crystal tree!

  16. Sheila says:

    What a wonderful story, Claudia, and those are equally fabulous trees. 

    I am bad about checking my email sometimes, so I am going to try and add you to my blogger reader.  If that doesn’t work, I am going to try to come back and add to the email. 


    Sheila 🙂

  17. Mary says:

    This was a pitch perfect post from your gorgeous photos to the moving Christmas story. Thanks, Claudia. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday and enjoy the holidays to come.

  18. Sheila says:

    Okay, NOW I am officially following you.  You are on my blogger reader AND on my sidebar.  Hope you’ll do the same! 🙂



  19. Les says:

    I know you have been so sick for the last 2 weeks, yet take the time to make us all reflect and enjoy your tales! Thanks for always helping us see the beauty in ordinary life.

  20. chubskulit says:

    Oh my gosh, I have so much fun looking at your ohotos Claudia.  How did you make the first pic looks so blue, its beautiful!
    <a href=””>Hav e a glimpse of Japan</a> at my place.

  21. Lori E says:

    Now this is what it is all about. Yes.

  22. Mary Anne Komar says:

    My Mom passed away Dec of 19999.  She was being helped by the Angel Hospice Ladies!  Her living room was all decorated in white-from carpet to walls!  We had a darling white flocked tree, carols playing, candle light, lovely smells, and friends!  People have stated what a hard time it must have been for her to pass at Christmas.  BUT to me it was wonder-ful!  A sacred time for a sacred passing on to a new sphere!  Merry Christmas!

  23. Beautiful story and beautiful trees!  I love the black and white one with the ice crystals!  Hope your Wednesday is going well Claudia and your enjoying this time of year!  Thanks for sharing your trees today!   Sherri : )

  24. Jane F says:

    This post makes me think of the tree of life and the significance it has in so many cultures. Thanks for stopping by to walk with me, Claudia and happy holidays!  — Jane F

  25. Eileen says:

    Wonderful photos, and a touching story.  If only more people were like that little girl.

  26. Greenearth says:

    A touching story and beautiful images. Pleased to have discovered your site.

  27. Jean says:

    Hi Claudia,
    I loved that story…perfect! That Weeping Willow covered with ice is magnificent! Thanks for stopping by and saying “hi!”


  28. Leanne says:

    Thanks for visiting and thanks for all the beautiful stories. I love the beautiful pictures too. Merry Christmas!

  29. Kammy says:

    Love this post and that story made me cry – how cool is that ? Happy Thursday  !

  30. HI Claudia!
    What a great post. I am completley enamored with trees. I am a photographer and trees and some of my favorite subjects. I think it also ties into my love for geneology. Where our roots are planted, that sense of symbolism. They are magestic and beautiful. They are strong  but yet the bend, they house families of nature, they are shelter, the are memories of childhood games…all those symbolic things, of which why I love them so.
    Once again, thank you for becoming a follower of Bloggeritaville. Looking at your list of topics, I see we have MUCH in common!

  31. WOW Claudia, this pic is amazing!  Blue for some reason has always been my favorite color.  I look good in the color (I think) and this picture almost made me cry!  It is so beautiful!  I wish I could be standing where you took that picture!

  32. Sweet, that’s precisely what I was looking for! This post just spared me alot of digging around

    I’ll make certain to put this in good use!

  33. iasss says:

    I love the girl ,she was so kind.

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