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So our Christmas tree…..


My husband and I went to get it by ourselves. The first time in many years that we are back to just the two of us. We decided to compromise on size – our children still wanting a very tall one, us wanting a much smaller one now.

We were quite happy, when on that cold and freezing night, we agreed on a tree quickly. The man trimmed the bottom for us. We threw it in the bed of the truck and home we went to place it in the stand to let it settle overnight before decorating it.

My husband had been in bed for about an hour, when from the family room, I heard the {{SHOOSH}}. It took me only a few seconds to realize the sound which I heard was the tree toppling over. I called for my husband to come help me get the tree back upright. We cleaned up the water. With the tree now repositioned in the stand, water refilled, we both went to bed.

For the next two days, I kid you not, all we did was reposition the tree.

It would seem straight, stand tall and upright. We’d turn our backs and the next time we looked at it, there it would be – crooked – again.

Seriously, no amount of repositioning could fix it. It did the same thing each and every time. It would stand straight for a few minutes and then suddenly shift in the stand and be leaning in one direction again.

It finally dawned on us that the problem was not the stand, nor the screws but the tree itself. When the man had trimmed the bottom, he had not made a straight and level cut. The problem was the tree was now fully decorated. No amount of convincing was going to get me to undecorate it so my husband could dispose of the tree and go buy a new one. I was not wasting my time nor my money. And so, we put our heads together to come up with a remedy we both could live with this Christmas.

“Put a shim under the base,” I suggested, to no avail. He was not having any part of it.

My husband was convinced that he could get it to stand straight properly. He tried everything he could think of but the tree continued to lean. And so, like I said, after two days of repositioning and playing with the tree, I once again suggested, “Put a shim under the base.” Which is what we finally tried.


And the tree has been standing straight since.

This whole Christmas tree experience brought back to mind an old Christmas song….

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree. Thy leaves are so unchanging.

Something about a live Christmas tree reminds me of my God, Who does not change. Not ever. “I am the Lord, and I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6, NLT).

A symbol of good will and love, You’ll ever be unchanging.

Our tree reminds me that our Savior, born that day, brings good will and peace and love and hope to an otherwise darkened world. “Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:14, NLT).

No other light spreads cheer so well.

I am so grateful that He spreads light into our darkened circumstances. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:6, NLT).

Yes, it was most important to us that our Tree stand straight for our tree represents so much more in our hearts and minds.


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