Since John and I both grew up on farms with wooded acres, there was absolutely no good reason to purchase a tree when we had perfectly good Christmas trees, for free, practically growing in our own backyard. I use the term "perfectly good" very loosely here. Looking back at photos from when I was a kid, our trees would make even Charlie Brown laugh out loud.
|John with his mom and sister Ruth.|
When I was in 6th grade I spent several weeks leading up to Christmas, in the hospital. Since I was heading home just days before Christmas, my mom thought a special tree was in order. For the first time EVER, my family BOUGHT a Christmas tree. This was not just any old tree either, but a powder blue, flocked tree, complete with shiny dark blue and silver ornaments and blue spotlights! It was actually rather pretty, but deep inside I still longed for the Charlie Brown tree with the traditional ornaments. Traditions...hard to change, especially at the holidays. And then of course there's the "great tinsel debate," to have or have not? Maybe we can save that debate for another day.
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