In days long remembered
A young boy lived in a small village.
Small is wrong image.
Just 4 streets, one block long.
Surrounded by farms
Snuggled close by forests.
Days were happily fillled,
Filled with walking here to there.
Walking the forest’s pathways
Listening to the birds singing.
Leaning against the trees and rocks
Listening to the breezes in the leaves.
Enjoying the colors and shapes
Of the trees, bushes, and streams.
The perfect person to find
The special Christmas tree.
A memory of journeys past
Trees along the path.
That perfect tree comes to mind
The path known and followed.
Snowshoes strapped on.
Shush-shush out to the tree,
Zaw-zaw, the saw cuts through
The perfect tree is taken.
Pulled down the path
To home to be our tree.
Tug and tug again.
It is the perfect tree
Oh no, our friend has none.
Unanimously, give him ours.
A wonderful Christmas gift
A perfect tree to decorate.
We need a new tree
And tonight is Christmas eve.
There is no more time
For a long walk to the next tree.
Rush-rush, pick one quick
Zaw-zaw cut it down
Tug it home
Oh so scraggly,
Up goes the ugly little tree.
Put the lights on quick
A ornament here and there.
Put the tinsel on top to bottom
Wrap the garland round and round.
A miracle is taking place
The transformation complete.
From the scraggly little tree
To our perfect Christmas tree.
It was a replacement no more
It was our perfect tree.
Originally written: December 6, 2011
Once upon a time, I did pick out a Christmas tree. A beautiful fir tree
shaped by nature. It was straight to the sky with full branches, a conical
form. Proud of the tree even to beat my chest a little. It felt so good to
have looked all year for that tree and now it was our tree.
A neighbor had been laid off and was not able to go out in the woods to cut
a tree nor purchase one from the Boy Scouts. Dad took our tree to them
about 4 pm on Christmas eve. So I went back out and cut another tree. I
was ten years old. It was the first Christmas I got to go pick our tree.
The scraggly tree was transformed by our holiday spirit. A holiday season
remembered and cherished by our family and our friends.