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A Tree Full of Christmas Memories

Many of my fondest memories come from the tradition of  purchasing the Christmas tree. It was one of  my family’s first years I went to the Shriners tree lot to purchase a beautiful tree. It was two elderly gentlemen who helped me select the tree and tie it to the roof of  my Toyota Corolla.

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I was about to get into my car as a truck backed into my front bumper and started to drive-off.  The Scoundrel!

I hollered “Get back here!”

It was three Shriners all over the age of seventy pursued the vehicle on foot until finally catching up to the truck at the stop sign. One banging his fist on the drivers hood while the other opened the passenger door to give the driver a piece of his mind. They used their muscle forcing the man to come back to apologize and exchange insurance information.

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in the Shriners tree lot!  They went over the call of duty to help save my front bumper and muscle a man who had no intention of ever exchanging insurance  information with me. It was this kindness that I have always remembered and  chuckle each Christmas holiday as we go to select our holiday tree.

Since that precious time we have moved to a much larger city we shop at Tree-Bay it really doesn’t have the spirit that the Shriners Christmas tree lot held and does not hold the magic that I love about Christmas. But now the tradition is to load everyone in our car, drink hot chocolate, and browse the Ikea tree lot for the perfect twenty-dollar tree.

No gentleman is there to help decide if it is full, there is no spirit, except the yellow Ikea box store lights shine over the parking lot. However, it is a tradition that our children expect and love to find the perfect tree. It’s a gamble to find the fullest and most tallest! We select our tree with our fingers-crossed and watch the branches settle throughout the night.

.The kids fall asleep with one eye open with anticipation  trying to decide which ornament that they will hang first and guess what Christmas cookies will be waiting for them afterschool. The magic of Christmas is the memories we share regardless if our tree comes from your local tree lot or the nearest Tree-bay. It’s at the end of the day spending time with the ones we love, laughing over fond memories, and creating new memories that make the holiday season magical.

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

18 replies

  1. We always got our tree at either the local Home Depot or Lowes. This year we went for an artificial tree because cleaning the needles is a pain in the butt especially when it’s 80 degrees outside!!! But regardless of the type of tree, we do the tree trimming together… the kids and I. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving… same time, same place!!! 🙂

    1. I wanted to get a fake tree this year but the kids were very opposed to the idea. In fact, the mentioned how much they disliked the idea every time I went to look at a fake tree and exclaim that I was ruining the family tradition.

      So we have a real tree and I have a ton of pine needles to sweep. As well, I think it confuses the dog…

  2. great memory & so glad they helped you….
    Growing up Jewish I never had a tree… and all I ever wanted was a tree. I couldn’t understand why my friends didn’t want to decorate their trees. But I didn’t care.. I’d go to their houses and while my friends would be playing or watching TV I’d hang out with their moms and decorate their trees….

  3. Very true, my husband loves Christmas ornaments and he likes the special, expensive hand blown glass ornaments and each one seems to tell a story. We currently have a fake tree but I do love the smell of a real Christmas tree in the house, it’s been so many years since I’ve had a real one! I hope you found the perfect Christmas tree and love the story of the Shriners chasing down that guy, that is hilarious!

  4. My very best Christmas memory is the year (somewhere around 1952-1955) that I saw the Star of Bethlehem. My grandmother told me how to find it, and after a couple of unsuccessful years, I finally saw it about midnight on Christmas eve.

    I have a friend who saw Santa and his sleigh crossing the moon one year. Those are our stories, and we’re sticking to them.

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