O Christmas Tree

This year my husband decided it would be fun to cut our own Christmas tree.  On our Thanksgiving hike,  we spotted one we thought would be suitable.

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One day in December, the children went with him to bring the tree home.

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Once they brought it in the house, we realized it was taller and wider than we anticipated; so back out it went to be trimmed.

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We had to adjust the living room furniture, but we found a spot for it.  The smell of pine filled the room.  With Christmas carols playing in the background, I placed the lights.  As they removed their handmade ornaments from the box, the three youngest children exclaimed over each one and hung them on the branches.

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Our oldest took it upon himself to hang garland and lights on the front porch railings.

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Arranging the nativity figures is a highlight each year.  My favorite is when one of the children places all the figures in a circle with the characters all gazing at the baby Jesus.

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I love to see the soft glow of the tree at night.  It gives a cozy winter feeling.

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*Photo credit for the first three pictures goes to our third child.

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November Beauty

For part of this November past, the lack of sunshine that cloudy days bring and the fact that I was dealing with a cold left me feeling rather “blah.”  This time of year in the mountains, one has to look for soul-nourishing beauty.  Once the vibrant colors of the leaves fade and before the snow paints the mountains white, there is a lot of gray.  One evening, while on a walk, I spotted an enormous gibbous moon rising above the hills.  I was wishing for my camera; but once I was home, the moon was still behind the mountain.  Although I had to wait until it rose and was no longer as huge, I still found the beauty on a November evening.

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