My Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

When I got married, I was excited at the thought of buying my own Christmas decorations.  I had visions of a stunning array of lights, tinsel, twinkling glass ornaments, topped off with an enormous tree.

A month long shopping exhibition in the lead up to our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I gathered supplies.  Then one day I was shopping alone, and in a department store saw a ‘sale’ sign and headed towards it. The discount section featured a number of items but nothing I particularly needed.  However, tucked away in the corner I saw a battered oblong box.  Closer inspection showed it to be a Christmas tree.  The box appeared to have been water damaged, misshapen and warped, and poking out of one end was a green branch.  The tree itself was small, no more than 3 feet.  Nothing like the image in my head.

It had been marked down several times, until finally someone had scrawled $1 in marker pen across the top.

I bought it, and took it home.  Only then realizing I had somewhat of a scale problem.  Large ornaments, small tree…In fact when I decorated it, my husband laughed and said it looked like the poor little thing had been attacked by ”The Planet Christmas”

But I didn’t care.  My forlorn little tree stood proud and loved.

I have been married for 28 years, and I still have that tree.  And every year that little tree comes out of its battered box and stands tall.

I want to wish everyone a joyous, happy, wonderful holiday season.

And remember, everything can look beautiful, if someone loves it.

Carolyn Wren.



Carolyns Emerald Story

Has anyone ever thought about entering a writing contest, but thought they couldn’t possibly win?

Maybe you think you don’t have the writing experience, or will look foolish.  Well sometimes the underdog does win.  Sometimes dreams do come true.

Check out the lovely Nicole Murphy’s blog where I talk about the first writing contest I ever entered, clueless and ignorant to all the rules and regulations.