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.
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.
Snow crystals grab hold tight!
Out side brought in – in Christmas village style.
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.
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Enjoy this blessed season!
TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer