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Christmas Glee Tree

Updated on November 29, 2010

Play it again Nat

If i remember right, it was Nat King Cole who sung....."O Christmas tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; How often has the Christmas tree, afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me".

I was just a little girl when this carol was played many times over at our home, and being a musical family, we loved to sing along. But, there was, and is, something about Christmas trees.

Christmas at home
Christmas at home

It's not just a tree

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year-.Charles Dickens

Maybe for some, it's just a silly tree, and a needless extravagance. But i love Christmas trees. All kinds. It symbolizes many things for me, like family love and joy. I think about my folks who are gone now, and how they gave so much of themselves to make us happy. I remember dad's prayers over traditional sumptuous Christmas dinners, so lovingly prepared by mom. His was a prayer reverencing a good God, and thanking Him for our family and for abundant provisions. No matter that life did not turn out as we deemed it, there was the 'unseen' hand that saw us through our quagmire. By His grace, child-like faith remained intact, and in fact would grow. Thanks to our beautiful parents who had invested so much love in their children's formative years. So, I will see a pine tree anywhere, say in a farm, those commercially cut and sold during the holidays, and the ones we painstakingly decorate in our homes, and voila! Like some magic, conjurings of joy will well up within my soul.

In places i have traveled, many times i have been awestruck by the magnificence and lavishness of God's creation. It is in communing with nature that i have worshipped and loved on God, with indescribable intimacy. It is also where i have found catharsis and healing. Once, I stood gazing at a spectacular ice crystal frost covered forest, a scene after a snow storm. I sensed a supernatural embrace like a heavenly validation. The timing coudn't have been more perfect. I had just been through brokenness and great loss, and could hardly begin to pick up the pieces of my life. I remembered a scripture, which, at that very moment, spoke to me. Like a whisper, i heard Papa God say "You are the apple of my eyes". I cried tears of gratitude mixed with joy as i took it all in. I was at peace, and felt so secure. In reflecting on the vastness and splendor of creation, i have seen how fragile and puny i am, and yet, loved, so extravagantly by my Creator. That indeed, i am richer than i think, because when i consider things, surely, He has not withheld any good thing from me. And that blessing goes to all mankind.

There's something about Christmas trees, which goes beyond it's physical structure. There's the legend that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth. Now how more spontaneous can things get? I mean, a simple walk outdoors brings about an unexpected Divine encounter and communion, filled with wonder, joy and praise. Like a miracle that cannot be explained, it also cannot be contained. The lighted tree continues to delight.

This year we thought of lavishing our 6 year old grand daughter her very first Christmas tree. Not only was it meant to surprise and delight, we wanted her to know of our unconditional love. We drove our little princess to WalMart, and led her to the Garden section filled with trees of all size and colors. She was as if back in Disneyland, yet not knowing what to make of things. Then we popped the words, c'mon, pick a tree. And for a moment of maybe self-doubt, she asked, "For me?". We went home with a small lavender self lighting tree, and trimmings of her very own choosing. And, really, why not? Isn't God that way with us? When we think about it, we get a lot of things we don't deserve.

On Christmas eve, at our home, before our family partakes of the Lords bounty, we will sit by the little tree, and tell a little girl the greatest story and gift ever bestowed on mankind. Maybe, she will understand uncondional love because it has been demonstrated.

What's in your tree?

Hubby and i will stop anywhere to look at a tree. This is in Blowing Rock. I wanted this tree for our 'mermaid' daughter Anna.
Hubby and i will stop anywhere to look at a tree. This is in Blowing Rock. I wanted this tree for our 'mermaid' daughter Anna.

A Christmas Wish

My prayer this Christmas season is for everyone to experiece joy in the midst of uncertainty we have in this world. We may feel helpless, and distressed by the enormous problems we face day in and day out, but we cannot allow ourselves to lose hope. In everything, give thanks. It's so liberating! Love the unlovable. Forgive, give, and just keep giving. That's what the tree is really all about. You know, the cross where Jesus paid the price, for the love of us. Start with the baby in the manger, and follow his star. It's still shining today.




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    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Dohn, i am sure you have Christmas stories worthy to be written and read. I look forward to your sharing them, eggnog's on me! I love white Christmas, and am missing it a lot!

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I can share with you a few of my Christmas stories too, but will need some strong eggnog first, IslandVoice. I bet Christmas with you would be a blast! It's certainly getting cold enough where I am to snow too! Thanks for the great memories of your past Christmases!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Ethel, thanks for your visit and sweet comment.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some lovely trees there. Nice and personalised.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks FP for your comment and visit! It's a joy to celebrate Christmas here at HP.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Lovely - you bring the Christmas spirit alive. There are some very creatively decorated trees here!

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Wen!

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      9 years ago

      Love it. Excellent...

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Jiberish: That's wonderful news about another grandchild. Christmas makes grandparenting even more wonderful that's for sure. Congratulations! Thanks too for the ok on my avatar.

      Tina Irene: I appreciate your thanksgiving and Christmas greetings! I wish you the same, fr our Hawaii ohana (family)!!!

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      Tina Irene 

      9 years ago

      Breath-taking photos and a beautiful sharing. Thank you, IslandVoice. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to you and yours there in Hawaii, from me and mine in the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Region!

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      9 years ago from florida

      I like your new Avatar. Christmas is a wonderful time, I can't wait for it, last year, I became a grandmother, my son had a boy. This year I will be a grandmother again, my daughter is also having a boy. This will be another wonderful year. Great Hub.

    • IslandVoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Harrisdy!

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      9 years ago from Texas

      great hub islandvoice...


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