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Christmas is filled with traditions. One is the Christmas tree. They come in all shapes and sizes. Short, tall, fat, skinny and in every combination. My earliest memories of Christmas include an aluminum tree that changed color. It reflected light from a spotlight with a color wheel. Red, blue, green and yellow.
My wife Elaine remembers live Christmas trees from her childhood. Her father always cut a red cedar that grew somewhere on the farm, often in the barb wire fence. He thought buying a tree a waste of money. Cutting a tree let him clean up the pasture and celebrate Christmas at the same time.
I’m not sure what lasting memories of trees my children have. We usually had an artificial tree. Though we set up a real tree a few years. No, they were not red cedars. We purchased them from a lot run by the Boy Scouts. Later we were given an artificial tree a friend had used for several years. We often had to hot glue its pieces back together. But it held our ornaments and lights well. I think our daughter still has that tree.
All the variety in trees makes me reflect on God’s love. He loves people of all sizes, shapes and colors. He adorns us with love and lights our life. Luke 2:14 says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)
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