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A Very Humble Christmas Tree (Poem)

Updated on November 19, 2016

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A Very Humble Christmas Tree (Poem)

One time far out in the Desert Southwest,

a rancher wondered what he could possibly

do to brighten up his little ranch house for

his wife and kids for Christmas day, yes for

Christmas day. Late at night, when his chores

were done, he managed to whittle some toys

out of wood in the barn and made a simple green

stone pendant for his wife, but they lived too far

away to cut a nice tall pine. As he cleared out some

tumbleweeds from the corral into a pile, he noticed

its pyramid shape and scratched his chin.

A Christmas Tree of Tumbleweed


After all had fallen asleep on Christmas Eve, he

dragged inside that pile of tumbleweeds and placed

them in his very small livingroom and got a can of

whitewash to dab the pile to make it look like snow

and took some chili pods from the kitchen to

dangle on the tree, topped with a cardboard angel

painted white, and placed the pendant and toys

underneath. On Christmas day, on Christmas day,

they came downstairs to laugh with glee at that

Christmas tree and returned his love with big tight

hugs and shiny tears streaming down their cheeks.


Many a time have we seen such "trees" in the American Southwest.


Tumblewed Christmas Tree

Have you ever seen a Christmas Tree made of tumbleweeds?

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A really lovely poem. Thank you.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      june, that is truly what Christmas is about. Thank you for reminding us. Great hub. Will vote up

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you, Granny's House--glad you liked it.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      How lovely! Actually, the tumbleweed Christmas tree sounds as beautiful as the soul of its creator!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you, Dolores. They are beautiful indeed.

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      june, I came back and voted up again.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Many thanks gr8bme (or Granny's House) I appreciate your support very much

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Lovely.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks very much.

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