Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I'll Have a New, New Christmas

The holidays felt brand new this year. My kids are grown. We sold their childhood home and with it went all the little traditions associated with that house, such as fireplace mantle we always overstuffed with their handmade decorations. My eldest is home from college, and even as a freshman he's learned so much. Frankly, he finds the world he returned to so much smaller and a little backward. But the tree was the biggest change. This year, my daughter the environmentalist recommended a fake tree. Smaller footprint and completely recyclable, she reasoned. Even though they are made of plastic, which is a petroleum-based product, we did our homework and a fake tree was the most responsible choice. So, we hunted for the right size and style only to be grossed out by the endless number of options. Reeling from overwhelm and hint of sticker shock, we retreated. On the way back to the car, we passed a resale shop run by the local hospital. There in the window was the perfect tree. I dashed in. Ten bucks the lady said. Delighted, we slapped down our money and helped dismantle the tree and wrestled it into our car. It wasn't just the bargain, it was that it went to a good cause, and it was a full-circle recycle. Now, the ornaments sparkle, the lights twinkle and the presents await. It is 9:00AM and the house is silent. Both kids are sound asleep in that teen aged coma they'll miraculously shake around noon. When they do so, we'll begin the festivities. New tree, new surroundings, new life. Merry Christmas.


karen said...

you described this so perfectly

one that there are better choices now, and that the choices have that sticker shock as well that total you've got to be kidding consumer gross out

I love the ultimate recycling choice you made, the giving back, the great price and the next layer of green

best yet how cool that you daughter conjured up the whole thing

kindof cool the way our kids help us change and grow

where the heck did you find that flocking pic? memory lane I had an aunt who would flock you if you passed by - everything was covered with that stuff! can you imagine the cleaning up nightmare that would be?

Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan

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Patricia Martin said...

Hey, glad you liked the Christmas post. How flattering to hear from Mother Earth herself! Forgive my late response. I unplugged for a few days and took to the woods. Wishing you all good things in 2008