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Dear Christmas Tree

Background: The story behind this spontaneous humorous reality for our family this year is quite simple. A few years ago, a neighbor gave us his old tree to use after Christmas. We now believe they didn’t want to figure out how to put the tree away. He admitted it was old. I believe the box said it was purchased in 1982…maybe 1987 (hard to tell really). This is the first year we have been able to use it at our new place. Last year we couldn’t even find the box after moving-in one week until Christmas. So, we knew this year would probably be our last, yet first Christmas with our beloved, old free tree. And here we go…


Dear Christmas Tree

Dear Christmas tree,

You old yet pretty thing,

I know what you are thinking.

 

Dear Christmas tree,

That we got for free,

I’m sorry your time is ending.

 

You came to us, so big and full,

Our youngest climbs and wants to pull,

Your limbs now sag down to the floor,

Few branches can hold ornaments anymore.

 

The star sits tilted, we pray it stays tight,

Hoping you don’t catch fire from the crackling Christmas lights,

I heard you groan as my kids ran inside,

They made ornaments and that glue never dries.

 

Dear Christmas tree,

You old yet pretty thing,

I know what you are thinking.

 

Dear Christmas tree,

That we got for free,

I’m sorry your time is ending.

 

I swept up a few needles you dropped today,

For a plastic tree, that’s “not good” they say,

Please, dear free tree, you can seize victory,

Hang-on a little longer to our memories.

 

Yoû hold treasures so meaningful and true,

They fill you up and they fill us up too,

You may be old, free and used,

But to our family, you are brand new.

 

Dear Christmas tree,

You old yet pretty thing,

I know what you are thinking.

 

Dear Christmas tree,

That we got for free,

I’m sorry your time is ending.

 

For you light-up our darkness and our smiles,

You make our kids simply cuddle for a while,

And on the coming Christmas morn,

You will grow our memories even more.

 

So, dig deep into your plastic roots dear tree,

Hold those ornaments with honor for our family,

You may not think you are perfect, but remember this,

We call your ours and just right for our Christmas.

 

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About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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30 comments
Tara says December 5, 2014

Bethany, what a beautiful poem and tribute to your Christmas tree. I can tell that this tree holds many memories for your family. My grandpa bought my sister and I each our own trees when we started college and when we were out on our own. It was like a 4 inch tree not very tall or big at all. I finally had to buy my own tree a few years ago. I like my new tree but my old one will always hold special memories! (I still have it packed away in a box.)

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Tara – You get it! So many just don’t! Love how you still have your tree! What great memories!

Anita Ojeda says December 5, 2014

You crack me up, Bethany! There’s nothing like an ode to an inanimate object ;). I’m glad your tree has served you well. I think this year I’ll grab a few tumbleweeds from the desert and stack them to form our tree. Both real trees and fake trees are out of my price range!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Oh what a great idea with the tumbleweeds! I’d help you decorate it! We lived in the Sierra Vista area for a while and has an aloe plant one year for Christmas. Loved it!

Melanie says December 5, 2014

We went through this same thing jus a year or 2 ago. It never occurred to me to write an ode to my old tree. Thanks for the memories!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Melanie – Seems to be many of us have our old trees still around! I can just see the poetry beginning… Thanks for stopping by!

Somer says December 5, 2014

Bethany, this made me smile. My parents had a fake one all those years we were growing up and finally surrendered it. It had to get a pine needle weave every year with extra garland to fill in all its bald spots. Thanks for the chuckles!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Oh I’ve done that too! Then there is that breaking point when you know you have reached the end… Thanks for connecting!

Cynthia says December 5, 2014

HA! I love this, Bethany. So fun. I love the imperfect parts of our celebrating which bring us both humor and joy. Hopping over from FMF and happy to meet you and your Christmas tree. 😉

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Hi Cynthia! I’ve been writing about deeper subjects and needed a brain-break! Looking up at our tree, I realized what I needed to do! Thanks for your smiles friend!

susan says December 5, 2014

Oh how this made me laugh. I know it’s hard to let go of things that hold so many memories – particularly Christmas things. (I might have some ornaments that match your tree.)

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Susan – I think we are going to need ornaments for next year too…my kids are destroying them all 🙁

Sandra says December 5, 2014

Awesome Bethany!!! That tree means much to you. Thank you for share it to us.

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Thanks for visiting Sandra!

Barbie says December 5, 2014

This is great! Thankful for the memories made with your old Christmas Tree!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Thanks Barbie! Memories survive time!

Barbara Deatherage says December 5, 2014

Love it, Bethany! I think our best family memories are of those things that aren’t perfect and shiny and new. Just real life. Thanks for sharing!!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Well said Barbara! Thank you!

~Karrilee~ says December 5, 2014

What a fun post! We got our Christmas tree from a friend who was moving or downsizing and every year I think, I need to buy a new one after Christmas… you can see through it in places and it’s not very tall and… well – the thing is… it’s prelit and it ‘falls’ into place in less than 5 minutes flat… so, there is that!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Ha! This made me laugh! Glad you can relate! I have so many friends that have had issues with their newly purchased tree…makes me want to get every second out of our old friend!

Jennie Goutet says December 5, 2014

You know what? That tree doesn’t look too shabby!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Ha! The picture was blurred and edited…but thanks!

Cassie says December 5, 2014

Awe, I am glad you documented this and were at least able to get the tree up one year.

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Thanks Cassie! That’s one of the reasons I blog…it’s so much fun looking back at our memories!

Susan Shipe says December 5, 2014

SO funny!!!!! Love it!

Carol says December 5, 2014

This wins “most creative post” for the day for me! I wrote a poem about my children’s crib when we passed it on to another family. I LOVE that you wrote the Ode to a Christmas Tree. What a great memory!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Carol – Oh no…don’t mention the crib! Our youngest turns 2 in March and we are keeping him in the crib as LONG as we can!!!

Colleen Mitchell says December 5, 2014

Some of our ugliest Christmas trees hold some of our favorite memories! Hang in there, dear tree!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Well said Colleen!!! Made me smile!

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