An Ode to the Christmas Tree

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Linking up with Amber (Mr. Thomas and Me) and Erin’s (Hooley with a Z) 12 Days of Blogging Christmas link up.  

Dear Christmas Tree,

We wait for your presence all year long. For that special time of year when you become the center piece of our little home. No other piece of furniture, decoration, photograph, or picture can make our home as cozy as you do. Our home becomes a safe haven, a place to hide away from the stresses of the outside world and the cold winter weather. The power to bring that solace belongs solely to you.

Yesterday, we trekked out to a farm in the country side to find you. We searched and searched. Some trees were too bushy, too tall, too patchy, or too small. And then there you stood. So majestic. It was as if you were branches were reaching out to us. saying “Yes, I am yours, take me home!”

  tree farm

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Ryan selecting tree

our tree!

 We strapped you atop of our car roof and happily drove you home. Once you were in our living room, you made yourself right at home. Melting into the atmosphere – this is where you were meant to live, to spread your joy. You fill the air with the smell of Christmas.

It smells like a 6-year-old Katie too excited to fall asleep on Christmas eve, after putting out cookies for Santa on that special plate.It smells like a 8-year-old Katie lying under the tree, mesmerized by the season. It smells like singing Up on the House Top at the top of my lungs as Mom plays the piano. It smells like watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with my brother while eating home made chocolate chip cookies. It smells like wrapping paper being ripped open on Christmas morning with grandparents. It smells like love.

We donned you with lights and gave you a skirt. Next came the ornaments. Oh those ornaments. Each one with its own little story. And each one has found a perfect branch to hang from. All of those memories hanging from your branches so brilliantly. I have received an ornament or two every year of my life, there are 30 years displayed on you, dear Christmas tree. You carry it with grace and add to their beauty.

Christmas tree, you fill us with hope. You remind us of the joys of Christmas pasts. You fill us with thoughts of innocence. We are reminded to slow things down. To take time to remember, to be hopeful, and to believe in magic.

When the time comes to take you down, our house will feel barren. The ornaments and their stories will be boxed up until next year when they can once again come out and play and help us believe that anything is possible.

MacDonald  Christmas tree 2013

  xoxo katie

  • I love your letter to the tree. We still have a little 3 foot fake tree. Maybe one day we’ll go and get a real tree.

    • kwalshmac

      Fake trees are just as beautiful! Especially if you have a pine scented candle to secure that wonderful aroma. I’m sure your little tree is perfect 🙂

  • Pat (Mom)

    I really enjoyed reading about your feelings for the Christmas tree. I’m glad I had a part in creating some of those special memories. You know that I also have a special “relationship” with our ornaments, some of which I’ve had for fifty years. Your tree looks beautiful and full of memories.

    • kwalshmac

      THannks for instilling those traditions in me! You made Christmas in our home truly magical. Especially adding the music and all of your first grade teacher projects 🙂

  • What a beautiful little tree you have. I love your adventure to get it!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks, Ashten – thank goodness we got out there before the snow hit Sunday am! Nothing like picking out the perfect tree!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks, Ashten – thank goodness we got out there before the snow hit Sunday am! Nothing like picking out the perfect tree!

  • Love your tree!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! It’s truly making our house a home this holiday season!

  • I am incredibly jealous of both your fresh from nature tree adventure and actual tree. I’ve been fighting for a real tree for a few years, but so far I’m fighting a losing battle. There is just something extra Christmas Special for me about a real tree. I love the eclectic array of ornaments.

    Keep it Sassy & Classy,
    B
    http://msultimatesophistication.wordpress.com

    • kwalshmac

      Keep fighting that battle! It makes it special, but fake trees are equally as pretty, and come with a lot less work and sap mess! I’m so happy with my eclectic mix or ornaments – trees with matching balls look gorgeous, but I love how mine is full of memories.

  • Absolutely gorgeous!! Going out to cut down the tree was always my favorite as a kid!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! I hadn’t cut down my own tree since I was a kid, it was so much fun!

  • We have never actually cut down our own tree but hope to next year. This year was the first in 7 years that we bought a real tree. From Lowe’s Garden Center, but real nonetheless! and you can’t be a whopping $17 for a seven footer! Love your letter to your tree!

    • kwalshmac

      Cutting down the tree was fun! But gosh, you can’t beat $17 for a seven footer! Enjoy it!

  • Wait, you go and get your tree for reals?!? We get ours off the asphalt parking lot at the local Home Depot and I feel so snazzy because Jason holds it up tall and I stand back to make sure it’s THE ONE. This year, the one looks tipsy and sort of lame, but I love it nonetheless.

    P.S. Can I have your ruffly tree skirt!?!

    • kwalshmac

      haha! Yes, it was fun going to the tree farm! I haven’t done that since I was a kid. Nothing wrong with Home Depot! Less mud and less sap! You’re tree is beautiful too!

      Ruffly skirt was scored this year at Home Goods! I love it, prior to the skirt I was using an old table cloth.

  • i absolutely love this letter. i feel so many of the same things as you do about our tree. you do feel a personal attachment to it, when you search and ponder and finally pick the right one, don’t you? yours is just about perfect too.

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! Yes, the tree becomes a member of our family, for sure. Enjoy your tree!

  • I LOVE the star on top of your tree!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks! It’s from Target, shhhh!! 🙂