You can definitely feel Christmas coming on here at The Aerie – the carols are playing (including the Glee ones from Jen! :D ), and the tree is up and all decorated. The ornaments are hanging from the palm and the lemon and the lime trees, too.
But as wonderful and beautiful as our tree is this year, my favorite part of decorating for Christmas is the “little” tree we have in the backyard. I had gotten it as a live tree during a very bad time several years ago, and to me is a reminder of when things in my life began to change for the better. It’s been with me ever since.
That doesn’t mean that he’s had it easy. My old home at Stately Betz Manor faced east and was heavily shaded and the little tree nearly didn’t survive. And you know who made him better? Yep – The Beloved. Here he is a couple of Christmases ago.
And he’s really taken off since the move to The Aerie. With The Beloved’s loving care he’s done great – grown healthy and green. Now he’s even taller than me.
So, every night when I turn on the lights on that tree, I’m reminded of where the both of us were then and where we are now – and am so thankful.