What Makes A Christmas Tree Truly Bright?
Finally, my family and I were able to put up our Christmas Tree with fully functioning lights to lit our home at night. Instead of placing it near our fireplace which we did for the past 2 years, we decided to put it on our second floor walkway that faces directly to a large foyer window from the front and the formal living room from its back. Without any decor, it stands beautifully on its own with all its simplicity.
This year, my wife and I decided not to place any of the “blinding” ornaments that we used to adorn our tree and just go minimal. I thought it was too minimal until I turned on the lights a few days ago. I was silent for a long time, just staring at it. It reminded me how my life should have been. A life that is simple, non-glittered, uncomplicated and non-materialistic.
As I unfolded the leaves and arrange the lights, my son showed me the picture letters he made for me , my wife and Santa whom he addressed as Santa K for Santa Claus. I marveled at the pure innocence of his thoughts. The words were honest and sincere, showing a lot of affection. The drawings bright and joyful.
We decided to place the picture letters under the Christmas Tree. My son was happy and excited about it. He helped me eagerly as we placed his work one by one around the tree. My wife wondered what the excitement was all about as she made for us a quick night desert of mixed fruit salad with cream.
On the first picture letter my son wrote, ” I made a Pokémon for Santa K. ” In my mind I told myself, ” That’s really cute. It was an obvious clue that he wants Santa to bring him anything Pokémon.”
The second picture letter stated, “This is for Santa and I made a chick with his mom. ” I asked him first before he wrote “his” if the chick was a boy or a girl. He said, “It’s a boy, dad.” It made me reflect that perhaps he’s the chick and the mother hen was his mom. Seemed sensible, right?
I got confused initially with the third picture letter, so I asked my son what he meant by it. He said with a sweet smile, “I made Santa K a hat and for his elf.” I replied with, “Oh, that is one cool hat for Santa and his elf.”
The forth one was easy. He wrote, “I made a Christmas Tree with presents and a star.” This time I was the one smiling. He wrote his name in all the gift boxes. I guess he knew that most if not all, the presents under the tree will be all his. After all, a large part of Christmas and the spirit of gift giving are celebrated for our children. It’s the least we could do for all the happiness and meaning they brought into our lives. With them around, it often feel like Christmas for us parents. Children are our treasured gift that we cherish the most in this world.
My son read with me the fifth picture letter. He read loudly and lovingly, ” And I made you a reindeer and I made presents in your bag and I made you a sleigh.” I told him, “Wow, Santa is so lucky!”
One of my son’s favorite story and song is about the Gingerbread man. We would play together and he would repeatedly sing, “Run, run Gingerbread man. Run as fast as you can.” We take turns on who’s the Gingerbread man. Guess who wins all the time? Yep, It’s my 6-year old. It’s like “Flash” vs the “Turtle Man.”
So, what’s the heart of every Christmas Tree? The heart of the Christmas Tree is the love we put into it. It’s the love our family shared with one another as we prepare ourselves during this Holiday season. It doesn’t matter if it’s made of sticks and colored paper or an extravagant tree made of expensive ornaments and trimmings. What matters is that we have someone to share it with. That on Christmas day, we have someone to share our lives with, to dream with, to celebrate with and to make wonderful, timeless memories with.
Before I went to work last night, my son asked me to open a present made of green paper. He kept asking me excitedly, “Open it dad, open it.” I said, “But it’s not Christmas yet.” He insisted and said, “Just open your surprise dad!” So I did.
His present was a wreath made of prints from his hand with a signed quote at the bottom. I went to work filled with happiness in my heart. I said to myself, “They are all I need for Christmas.”
Happy Holidays to all. May your days be filled with love, happiness and peace. May the light that brightens your Christmas Tree be a light that comes from a loving and generous heart.
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