OH, CHRISTMAS TREE

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This year is the first year in my 54 years of marriage and 76 years of living that I haven’t decorated a tree.  I seem to be letting go of a lot of the old traditions lately.  Many think that the Christmas tree is a throwback to pagan religions and really doesn’t have anything to do with the real reason for the season, but I still believe there is symbolism beyond measure in whatever kind of tree we place within our holiday preparations.

I recall days when we’d wrap up the children in all their snow gear and trudge through the snow at a tree farm to cut a fresh, pine tree.  What should’ve been a fun experience often turned into frozen little fingers, cranky little bodies and a mom and dad who thought they were creating wonderful memories for their kids.  The experience often became a search for the perfect tree in the eye of the artist – which didn’t exist.

We’d load the tree on top of the car, shuttle the “happy family” back home and begin the next chore of setting it up in the house – hoping the dog wouldn’t pee on it – placing a plethora of ornaments in just the right place – and watching our frozen clothing melt by the back door.  Hot chocolate was always a necessary component, topped with mini marshmallows and maybe a dollop of ice cream.

Pretty soon the kids were fast asleep and mom and dad continued to decorate the tree, while the dog lapped up the frozen residue from our boots.  The ornaments were a conglomeration of homemade clothespin angels, sequin covered holiday wreaths, the hand me downs from our parent’s, snowballs, birds, strung cranberries and popcorn, and a star to top it off.

I have had some reservations about not putting up a tree.  It feels kind of weird to be without one, but at our age, it seems unnecessary, especially since most of our celebrating will be done at others’ homes.  Oh, my – I feel like Scrooge saying that.

The Christmas tree may be window dressing to some, but if you look at it from a spiritual perspective, there’s more to it.  It all started in a garden with two trees.  A tree was used to craft a manger which would hold the Savior of the world.  His life would end, hanging from the cross beams made from a tree.   He rose again so that we would gain eternal life in paradise.  The green of the evergreen symbolizes that new life.  The red trimmings we place on it signifies the blood that was shed for us.  The lights are reflections symbolic of Jesus’s followers and the star on top represents the Light of the World – Jesus.

Martin Luther picked up the tradition from his German ancestors.  Queen Victoria thought it a good idea as well.  Down through the ages, Christmas trees have been a center point of the celebration.

I’ll miss my tree this year, but it isn’t vital to Christmas.  The important reason for this wonderful time of year, is that God loves us so much, He gave His only begotten Son to take away our sins and assure our salvation.

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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17 Responses to OH, CHRISTMAS TREE

  1. Reblogged this on A Blog About Living With Complex PTSD and commented:

    I am reblogging this post, written by my blogger friend Kathy Boecher, because what she has written here so beautifully expresses my feelings this year about Christmas.

    I am also reblogging this because the picture of a scraggly tree branch with a single red ornament that Kathy has at the top of this post — that’s a “Charlie Brown” tree, and we have that very thing sitting on our mantel right now! Seriously, what we have is identical to this picture. My husband put it on our fireplace mantel a few days before my surgery (for the cancer that wasn’t — see my previous post). Then he took a picture with his cell phone and sent it to me in a text, with the words “The tree is up!”

    Some of the blogs I follow and that follow me are very — I mean VERY — anti-Christmas. I understand their reasoning. However, I don’t feel led in my spirit to jump on their “Christmas is Pagan” bandwagon. But what Kathy has written here — yes, absolutely. I can get behind this post, 100%.

    Have a Happy Merry Christmas Holiday. Or don’t, whatever floats your boat. As for my dear hubby and me, we are enjoying our little Charlie Brown tree. It even plays the Charlie Brown theme song! Our big rescued Yellow Lab German Shepherd Mystery Mix dog dances around the living room with me when the song is playing, while our little Poodle looks on in confusion. Fun times!

    God bless and thank you for stopping by. I love my blogger friends. I really do! Even though this is a reblog, I will enable comments below. But I hope you will visit Kathy’s original post and read the whole thing, it is very good.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks for your kind words Linda and thanks to God for giving you great news this Christmas. I have a Charlie Brown tree as well, but it’s buried somewhere

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      • Most of our Christmas decorations are still buried somewhere in the unpacked boxes from our recent move. That, plus my surgery, is why we aren’t putting up a “real” tree this year. I don’t even know how my husband found the Charlie Brown tree, in all the mess!

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Sometimes we just need to change our priorities. I pray that you, hubby and your family and pets have a blessed and happy Christmas ❤️❤️

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I love your photo of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree. When I was a Cub Scout leader, one of the songs that I wrote was about a Cub Scout Den who gave their Den Leader (mother) a Christmas Tree for Christmas. I used the tune for Oh Tannenbaum. I haven’t thought of that song in so long, all I can remember is Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how precious is thy limb….

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  3. hhmm I never thought of putting ice cream in hot chocolate

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  4. oneta hayes says:

    Sounds like your Christmas tree went the path mine took. I did my best in times past – very much like yours. Decorated with tinsel, rope, and hand me downs. I think it was important at the time. I haven’t had one for a few years. But I have one this year. I have a new daughter-in-law who sees it as important. I’m glad for some new blood in the house. 😀 I like your detail about the dog licking the snow residue. nice detail.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I’m not sure how I feel about having the tree this year. We have lots of lights and decorations so our little house looks festive, but there’s something about traditions. Merry Christmas Oneta. May God bless you in the new year too.

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  5. swamiyesudas says:

    Hello, Dear Lady! (I feel low when I don’t have a name to call upon). Good thoughts. As for me, a catholic priest living as a Sannyasi, and living alone, I believe I keep the Tree and perhaps the Crib more than that, in my Heart. I Do have a little figurine of the little Baby Jesus, and I love Him Very Much! Love to You too, and a Blessed Christmas! 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. My name is Kathy and I’m pleased to meet you. May the joy of the Christmas message live in your heart every day.

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  6. This is great! I learned so much about trees. I tend to put up the tree and then it stays up well into January. I figure if I go through the work I am going to enjoy it longer.

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