|Our 2009 Christmas Tree|
Sometimes one wants to mix things up a bit.
Last year we donated our familiar
artificial tree to our church
and got a real tree for the first time in years.
while the kids were young the thoughts
of fire danger were always
just in the back of my mind....
A real tree was an additional risk
that we didn't need to take.
But, as our children are now
we have decided to experiment with
the real tree concept again.
Well, some of us have.
Warren doesn't understand why we would
want to spend perfectly good money
on a tree which will be very, very dead
within a few weeks.
Chelsea, Mikey and I took things into
our own hands the other morning...
with Warren's knowledge and
We needed milk anyway and they
were selling these trees outside of
As Mikey has a truck now we piled
in and off we went.
Lets just say that when the tree is all
trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey it
is impossible to really get a grasp on its size.
This is the first time....ever...
in our home that a tree has
been allowed to sit naked for more than
a few minutes.
We are now headed into day three.
Not a light or decoration in sight.
Chelsea was devastated.
Mikey was nonplussed.
He simply began hacking at the tree.
I was wringing my hands and warning
him not to make the tree ugly.
He pointed out that it would be hard
to hurt it.
He was sort of right.
It was horrific!
So the back of the tree is now
on the burn pile and the massive
bulk has been shoved into the corner.
I kept telling them that this is the fun
they have been missing
all of these years.
That other families get to
have these adventures
on a regular basis.
Chelsea did not buy it.
She still hates the tree.
But, you know,
this tree is growing on me.
Given some lights,
ribbon and ornaments it will
She will see.
We might be a bit like the tree.
A bit awkward and unexpected.
But with the light of Jesus
and the smile He gives
adorning our face...
adorning our face...
we are just fine.
One might even say we are beautiful....
because of His work in and on us.
Photos to come later.....
It is another busy day at Hospitality Lane.