Christmas Trees are Welcome Gifts No Matter What Size or Shape

The pine cone tree on its birch base and the little tree crafted from festive green and silver paper were quite unexpected and very welcome gifts received by mail this week from a friend in Maine. They make a great addition to the mini forest she sent me a few years previously, when she led a paper tree fundraising project with her grandchildren.

They remind me so much of the thick, fragrant pine forests of the distinctive northeastern state so different from my native Midwest. I haven’t made it to Maine in a few years, but memories return as I sit at my desk and admire the miniature artistry.

The tiny tree inside the dome was a gift from my husband. A talented designer and machinist, he created this “world’s smallest Christmas tree” himself from exotic wood, metal and Austrian crystal. It’s not easy doing intricate craftsmanship on such a tiny scale.

We didn’t put up a traditional Christmas tree, but our holiday will still be special thanks to these thoughtful creations and the other small decorations displayed about our home, many of them gifts I’ve received from friends over the years.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

There’s nothing cuter than cats at Christmas. Especially cats in stocking hats.

When I was little, we always had Ideals magazines for all the holidays. One of my favorite memories is of a photo of a little girl in a frilly flannel gown like the ones I wore with a silver tabby kitten under a tinsel decked Christmas tree with Shiny Brite ornaments.

For years, while growing up, I would imagine a Christmas morning with my future cute little daughter, (the one I imagined I would have) watching her discover a charming kitten under our future Christmas tree.

I never had the daughter, but we’ve rescued a number of kittens, in addition to the rescue dogs for which we provided a home. Still, that memory is a part of Christmas for me, and I continue to treasure the classic stories and poems and inspirational paintings and photos on the pages of Ideals magazines.


Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

You don’t really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.

Theodore Bikel
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