It’s finally looking like Christmas around the homestead. We decided to begin a remodel of all three of our bathrooms the Monday after Thanksgiving. The havoc, dust and early mornings around here (to let the workmen in) were so nonstop we reckoned we’d wait until construction ended to put up our tree.
So...when award-winning western author Cheryl Saint John invited me to showcase my Christmas tree on her month-long author’ tree showcase, I “borrowed” my niece Katie’s tree.
My sis also sent a pic of her tree just in case. Hers has a bird theme, is always magazine-perfect, and I love every year finding her a new ornithological ornament.
Well, at Home Depot the other day, picking out paint samples for the various “necessaries,’ the scent of freshly cut pine trees so overwhelmed hubby and me that we caved....gussied up the homestead as well as we could, and put up our tree even in the turmoil of construction! Ah, what a treat, cuddling up in front of it with a good book...
And that reminded me of a favorite tome my mama gave me. It dates from 1935 and includes not only the music and lyrics of favorite Christmas carols, but a historical tidbit about each one. I wore this thing out as a kid taking piano lessons. Now it’s one of my favorite possessions.
So I looked up “O Christmas Tree”
What we call the Christmas tree today has its origins in ancient Rome. During the pagan festival Saturnalia, which honored Saturn the god of seed-sowing, trees laden with decorations and gifts were customary. During the dark ages, the Goths brought the Saturnalia customs back to Germany.
Legend has trees becoming part of Christmas festivities during the time of Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546.) Out on a winter night, he supposedly was so moved by stars shining on a fir tree that he brought the tree home to his family and hung it with paper stars and candles in honor of the Star hanging over the Christchild’s manger. Hence, the “Tannenbaum.”
As for cuddling up with a good book by your tree or fireplace, might I recommend my latest release, Christmas for Ransom? True, Jack is an outlaw, but a good-hearted guy who loved his gram-maw. And going from a tumbleweed Christmas tree while he’s snowbound with Eliza (they’re hiding from his former gang) to a big knotty pine after he’s all redeemed, married and a daddy is a pretty good thing!
Merry Christmas, and may God bless y’all, every single one!