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THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER

 

Each year Deborah and I share one Christmas tradition-we do this religiously.

Together the day after Thanksgiving we buy our Christmas Tree.

 

As we head out to purchase our tree we are filled with anticipation

for we know the gift lies not in the tree itself, but in its decoration.

 

From the moment we open our storage bins and rediscover the ornaments they contain

It’s not just a simple trimming of the tree...it’s a trip down memory lane.

 

There is a special feeling about finding an old ornament time and time again

Holding it up and saying....Hey Deborah do you remember when....

 

Each ornament adds to the story of our life as we’ve watched our family grow

Most are significant only to us and carry meanings only we would know. 

 

We have ornaments that remind us of our children,”Hey, isn’t that Ryan’s baby shoe?”

There’s a photo of Ali and me, Bryan’s manatee and pickles for the grandchildren too.

 

There are ornaments from old friends, a few of Whitman: he was a great dog!

And the ornaments of places we’ve been form a lifelong travelogue.

 

Each year when we’re finished trimming we have more than just a tree

There in the corner stands memories of our life...it’s an album in 3-D!

 

Every year when the tree is finished Deborah says, “Now you might think me mad,

but I’m sure this year, this tree, is the best we’ve ever had!”

 

As I stare at the tree and nod my agreement I think I can now attest

to understanding why every year our newest tree is the best.

 

Last years tree was the best we ever had…that was easy enough to see

but we’ve added another year of memories to the boughs of this year’s tree.

 

So as wonderful as last year’s tree was it’s the new memories we’ve amassed

that make this year’s Christmas tree a little better than the last.

 

And I’m sure as another year of memories in 2021 we add

next years tree will take it’s rightful place as the best Christmas tree we’ve ever had.




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THIS YEAR'S BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER

Like many families who believe in Christmas 

either religious or spiritually

Deborah and I set out each year 

in search of our perfect tree.

 

And we usually find it right away…

with so many trees to choose this is a plus

Which always makes me wonder if we are choosing the tree 

or if the tree is choosing us?

 

Because when we stand it up…when we look it over

when around it’s trunk we roam

we smile simultaneously knowing…this one’s coming home

 

And when we add our ornaments 

with their corresponding memories

it transforms from just another Frasier Fir 

into our family Christmas tree.

 

Each ornament adds to the story of our life 

as we’ve watched our family grow

most are significant only to us 

and carry meanings only we would know. 

 

There’s an ornament for Whitman (what a great dog he was) 

and Ryan’s baby shoes

that old photo of Ali and me at the cabin, 

Bryan’s manatee and pickles for the grandchildren too.

 

And each year when we’re finished trimming 

Deborah marvels and always adds,

“I think this years Christmas tree 

is the best Christmas tree we’ve ever had!”

 

And that was true one year ago…

but with this tree I can avow

we’ve added another year of memories 

to place upon her boughs.

 

So as wonderful as last year’s tree was 

it’s the new memories we’ve amassed

that make this year’s Christmas tree the best tree…

and so much better than the last.

 

In that way our Christmas tree is a little like our life…

we fill it with memories of our joys, our laughters…our tears

And just like our life…our Christmas tree…

gets a little better every year.

 

I suppose that’s why when the right tree speaks to us…

both Deborah and I are glad

Knowing it will take its rightful place 

 

as the best Christmas tree we’ve ever had.


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