Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Family "Snoopy" Tree

Once upon a time, there was a little Norfolk pine tree that came to live at the farm. It was tall and spindly. Some branches were long, and some were short. The farm lady fondly called it her "Snoopy Tree", but somehow, the little pine didn't feel that was a compliment. He longed for something that would make him unique among all the Norfolk pine trees--something that made him feel special.

 The farm lady realized one day that the little pine tree's branches were drooping more than usual, and he didn't seem as bright in color as normal. It was close to Christmas--a time that always meant family and loved ones to the farm lady. Unfortunately, most of her family was away. Then she had an idea. Why not turn her "Snoopy Tree" into a Christmas tree, with tiny photos of all those she had loved over the years? Wouldn't that be fun? And, a great way to remember others.

So she disappeared into her office for hours one day. Christmas carols played in the background, while much activity could be heard behind closed doors. She snipped. She glued. She smiled a lot. She dreamed. She remembered. She shed a tear or two. By mid-day, her project was done. She headed straight for the Snoopy Tree and began to transform him into a lovely Christmas tree. There were tiny framed photos of  Mom and Dad, Granny and Pop, Grandmother and Granddaddy Magers, Aunt Mamie and Aunt Naoma, and many, many others.

Oh! That little pine tree felt so important! He was so honored to hold her family in his branches. He straightened up and began to glow again. When she added bright red ornaments and fluffy cotton bolls, he felt like he was the most important tree in the whole farm. He wasn't a Snoopy Tree anymore. He was a "Family Tree" in the truest sense. He was special! He belonged!

 The farm lady just stood back and smiled. Her family was Home For Christmas once again. . .

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