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A Family Holiday

on December 24, 2012

It’s Christmas Eve, and many families will be gathering tonight and tomorrow around the center of the family decorations. The center of the holiday spirit in a home.

The Christmas Tree.

Now there’s many types of trees: you’ve got your real trees, your fake trees, your big trees, your small trees.

But my tree – well, I think my tree is pretty special.

For one thing, it’s old.

If my tree had rings! … But who am I kidding, my tree can’t get more blinged-out and shiny than it already is.

Why?

You see, my tree – my tree is made of aluminum.

ALUMINUM?” You say!

Yep. Nice, shiny, SHINY aluminum.

aluminum-can

“Aluminum? So your tree is basically made out of soda cans?”

But contrary to what you might think – it’s actually quite beautiful!

When the sun shines in the windows, it catches the branches in a blinding display of light.

And at night, we turn on the rotating spotlights – and the tree changes colors. Blue, yellow, red, green.

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This tree was my Mom’s childhood tree. It’s been in our household since before I was born.

I love having the tree every year.

And every year I love it more.

Because for me, the tree is a connection to family.
For the members that aren’t with us any more, or who can’t join us at Christmas, they’ve been there at some point with the tree.
A little bit of them is there and present.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday – full of happiness and full of love!

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22 responses to “A Family Holiday

  1. calahan says:

    No joke. I love those trees. I’ve bin outbid on those on ebay more times than I’d like to remember. Your tree is the coolest.

  2. El Guapo says:

    Sounds like your tree is the base of your family traditions.
    Have a great holiday, and every day after Giggles!

  3. That tree is made out of soda cans? Woot!

  4. mairedubhtx says:

    My first Christmas tree when I was first married was aluminum, given to us by my husband’s parents. We too had lights that turned it different colors. I made cookies and hung them on the tree and made a popcorn and cranberry strand to decorate it. It was a very odd tree.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. vyvacious says:

    This is so cool!! We had a gyro-scope “star” on top of my aunt’s tree this year that caused the tree to wiggle around.

  6. MaximumWage says:

    Hey you know what? Thats actually a cool little christmas tradition. My Parents are always getting GINORMOUS trees. Its getting a little ridiculous.

    • I don’t know – ginormous trees could be fun! More ornaments to put on right?! Unless, I mean, how ginormous are we talking here? If they could fall over and kill you, I guess that could be pretty ridiculous…

      • MaximumWage says:

        well I think if I were laying down on the floor and it fell over on top of me it might kill me depending on where it lands. ESPECIALLY if it got me in the balls. Then yes I’d die.

  7. My dad always wanted one of those, but he says that his dad was too cheap. I wonder if you can still buy them?

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