My Christmas Tree

I remember it like it was last month.  Standing in the front of the church building, gazing into the eyes of my prince charming, listening to his vow to love me, cherish me… and I’m about 92% sure that he promised to always buy me a cut spruce tree the day after Thanksgiving and spray flocking onto it.  It was always part of the marriage agreement.

And he did pretty good with this promise for several years.  We gave up the flocking idea when we moved to Guam, but we spent the money on trees that had been hauled across the Pacific Ocean in refrigerated containers.

Imagine my dismay when he announced to me one day that we had been given a gift of a fake Christmas tree.  What in the sam hill?  Fake trees were never, and I mean never, going to be part of my holiday tradition!  But what to do?  A good friend was giving it to us as a house warming gift, and a gracious person never refuses a kind and wonderful gesture.

And so we waited for this tree to come to our house.  Here’s what we knew.  It was too big for her house, and the pole had rusted together, so it might take a little doing to get it apart and back together again.  I was pretty sure I’d use it that year to be nice, then obviously go back to my old ways.

Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  How I love this tree.  It was love at first sight!  No doubt, the grandest house warming gift in the history of house warming gifts.  We put it up right away, even though it was just October, and everyone wondered how in the world we had already gotten a live tree that early.

When it was time to leave that island for good, many of our possessions didn’t make that trip back across the ocean.  It’s a pricey endeavor!  But I wasn’t leaving that tree behind.  It’s one of my absolute favorite things.  It gets many compliments year after year… and year after year I love telling the story of how it came to be ours.  Thank you again, Millie.  Your thoughtful gift blesses us each and every Christmas!


Post Script – Our sweet and loving friend Millie passed away not long after I wrote this.  I cannot bear to change my wording.  Yes… thank you again, Millie.  What a blessing you were to so many.


6 Responses to “My Christmas Tree”

  1. Robin Green says:

    Those fresh trees on Guam were so expensive! Having to travel so far would certainly make that logical. Do you remember that you gave us your classroom tree one year because we had waited too long to get a tree and they were all gone? So the gift of trees is in your history more than once!

  2. Sandy says:

    I had forgotten about that classroom Christmas tree. Loved the reminder. Yes… a great season for giving and sharing!

  3. Nico Francis says:

    Love your enormous tree.

  4. Betty Williamson says:

    What a beautiful story…thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Evie Taylor says:

    Thank you for another wonderful story! You most certainly ARE a gracious AND genuine person, Sandy. Very refreshing and much appreciated in our ever-changing world. God BLESS you and your prince.

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