S: Our Tree 2010
1: OUR TREE 2010
3: To Lee and Deb, hope you enjoy this little story. Love always, Dick and Irene. Christmas 2011
5: " A Christmas tree? It's not even Halloween, and I still don't know what I'm going to be." Mom said we should look for the perfect tree now, because Grandma and Grandpa are coming for Christmas.(we call them Dick and Irene, I don't know why, we just do) "Come on, Brett, it will be fun, she said, we'll all go to the tree farm and make sure we pick out the perfect tree." The next day, we all got into the car, Mom, Dad, and my 4 year old twin brothers, Drew and Erik. The houses were all decorated spooky for Halloween, and I was excited to go trick or treating, but I tried to think of Christmas. The tree farmer gave us a tag to put on our tree,and Mom brought a giant red ribbon to use so we could find it fast when we came back to get it. We all went into the field and walked for a long time, then we saw it, not too tall, not too small, not too fat, and not too skinny, it was perfect! Erik wanted to bring it home right away, and Drew said there wasn't enough room underneath for presents. Dad said it had to stay in the ground until the week before Christmas, then
7: it would be just the right time to bring it home. The next week we all went trick or treating, I was Michael Jackson, and the twins were the Mario brothers, we got lots of candy. Thanksgiving came, and we all watched the Macy's Day parade on TV, and ate turkey for lots of days. Each time we drove by the tree farm, we could see our tree with the big red ribbon blowing in the cold air, just waiting to come home with us. Now I was getting giddy, and started to count the days until Dick and Irene came. My chocolate Advent calendar turned into December 18th, and Dick and Irene finally got here from Florida, I was so happy to see them! Drew and Erik drew a picture of our tree with the big red ribbon, "now you know how to find it when we get there" Erik said. In the morning, we went to the Hampton Christmas parade, everyone waved at us and threw candy to the crowd. At night we went to the tree lighting ceremony in Hampton Center at the Marelli gazebo. We went on
9: a hay ride through the streets, the horse had jingle bells on his harness and we all sang Christmas songs, we were finally in the Holiday mood. The next day, when we got up, Mom said "today is the day, hurry, let's go get our tree." We all got into the van, kind of squished, but happy. The farmer gave my Dad a saw to cut our tree. Drew was in charge of pulling the sled because Erik would be the one to put the star on the top of the tree this year. I walked, actually skipping in the front, searching for that big red ribbon. We found the ribbon alright, but it was ripped, and floated sadly on the ground, a freshly cut tree stump stood where our tree used to be. "Someone cut our tree for themselves" Dad said. Drew had a sad face, and said "who would do such a thing?". Erik put his hands on his hips and said "Hey, if I find those guys, I will kick their butts". Mom saw my tears, and said "some grown-ups are
11: stinky, and don't care if they take things that aren't theirs. We'll just go down to the Church, they're selling trees there". I said " I hope there's a skunk in that tree, and they have a smelly Christmas, it would serve them right". The twins held their noses and started to sing "We wish you a smelly Christmas and a stinky New Year". The Church parking lot was full, but we found a parking spot near the Nativity scene in the front. I stopped for a moment to say a prayer to thank Jesus for protecting these trees from people who take things that aren't theirs. The whole place smelled like pine, there were so many pretty trees to choose from. Santa was there, he gave us candy canes, and we took our picture with him. Christmas carols were playing, bur Drew and Erik kept singing "we wish you a smelly Christmas". There it was before us, Dad and Dick found it. It was as tall as Dad, and as wide as Irene, it was perfect! We brought it home. While Dad and Dick got it on the stand, we made yummy Gingerbread houses.
13: Everyone helped to decorate our tree, most of the ornaments were on the bottom because it's hard to reach up high. Dad held Erik on his shoulders to put the star on the top, what a perfect tree. What a day this was, the best part was Mom and Irene made meatballs for dinner (my favorite). After the twins were in bed, we were all just sitting around, and smelling our tree. From the corner of my eye, I saw the manger Mom had set up on the windowsill. I asked her if we could put it under our tree "Jesus protected our tree, now the tree can protect Him". Dad took the manger and laid it under a branch with a star ornament, and that's where we'll put it every year. And we all learned that there is plenty of room under our tree for the most important Christmas gift, Baby Jesus.
15: Happy Holidays!