Saturday, December 17, 2016

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

~ Epicurus

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I overhear a conversation in the grocery store: two people talking about the fact that neither of them put up a Christmas tree. It reminds me of another conversation earlier in the week where a young woman told me that she, and most of her friends, don’t put up trees either. Later, a discussion on Facebook reveals that it’s not uncommon–although those in the “decorate and put up a tree” camp are aghast at the idea. I wonder if it is reflective of a turning toward simplicity or a symptom of busyness and overextension.

I consider the small tabletop tree we went to years ago–the prelit tree that, predictably, burned out this year requiring me to pry the lights off (no easy task) and purchase a LED strand to use instead. It never occurred to me that the convenience of prelit trees came at the cost of planned obsolescence. I’ve been considering going to a non traditional tree for next year–a Charlie Brown branch tree with just a few lights and a bauble or two–but maybe I’ll join the “no tree” crowd instead.

A few years ago, when I was admiring a Christmas display in a store, the thought occurred to me that I could enjoy the pretty things simply by admiring them where they were instead of accumulating them for myself. Next week, weather permitting, Gerry and I are going to resurrect an old tradition we once had and take a stroll down our Main Street popping into some of the specialty shops just to look.

Some other simple things I enjoy this time of year are:

  • Musical specials on PBS.
  • Looking at my Christmas stocking–the same one I’ve had for my entire life–and imagining that first Christmas when Mom and Dad bought it for me.
  • Butter tarts–a delicious Canadian tradition.
  • Boxing Day, because it’s a no-pressure day of rest.

Today: canning cranberry jelly.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm here early most mornings with one of my photos and a few words about life and those thin places where faith intersects.
4 comments
  1. This year, to simplify things, the tree is all we did do!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Cathy. The common theme seems to be: simplify. I’m all over that, you?

  2. I haven’t put up a tree in years. I do love Christmas trees, but I don’t get any company, and it seems a bit too much bother for me. And I gave all my ornaments to my kids. I have a very small metal tree decoration that I put an ornament on every year now. The ornament was given to me by a grandson. That’s the bulk of my decorating. I love to see pics of others’ trees.

    1. My kids have most of my ornaments too. It’s cool to see their trees adorned with them every year.

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