My favorite holiday tradition of all time ever, from the beginning of my time, is the begetting of the Christmas tree. I have many Christmas tree stories. Just thinking of the whole process of procuring and decorating a Christmas tree makes me feel happy and blissful. The lights on a tree, light me up.
Every year I look forward to getting a tree. One year, before I had kids and before I was married, my not-yet-husband and I decided not to get a Christmas tree. Worst Christmas decision ever. I’d rather not get or give gifts. My home felt so devoid of Christmas cheer that year. The next year, my not-yet-husband surprised me by getting a huge Christmas tree. It’s possible I fell in love with him even more because of that tree.
For me Christmas is about the bonding that happens between family and friends. It’s about the time we spend together. It’s about love. Somehow a Christmas tree represents all those things to me. The smell of it, the look of it, makes my heart fill with every single Christmas that has come before and with the hope of many more Christmases to come.
I have a friend that I’ve had since I was in junior high, who happens to be Jewish, she has spent many Noche Buenas with me and on the Christmas Eve’s that she hasn’t been able to spend with me, my Christmas tree reminds me of her because it just wouldn’t be Christmas without her. Christmas trees remind me of my mother no matter how close or far she happens to be. They remind me of my brother before all of his problems. They remind me of the time I almost bludgeoned a friend and an ex-boyfriend for the careless over-tinseling of a tree (no tinsel has been allowed on a tree of mine since that unfortunate incident).
Now I get to share my love of Christmas trees with my daughters and I can already tell that for them, like for me, it’s going to be a life-long love affair.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
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