Copyright © 2015
by Ralph F. Couey
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
--Norman Vincent Peale
During this season, we will see around us the signs and symbols that are so much a part of Christmas. They are an interesting mix of religious and secular. The Nativity scenes, the wreaths on the doors, the lights on buildings everywhere...all combine to lift spirits. Most of these symbols are universal, and thus have lost a bit of their meaning to us personally. But the one symbol of Christmas that touches in a very personal way is the Christmas Tree.
For our family, it is the centerpiece of the decorations adorning our home, and when the tree goes up and the lights go on, usually on the day after Thanksgiving, it is the Peanuts gang singing to us, "Christmastime is here."
There are several reasons. First of all, it's just beautiful to behold. No matter how many times I walk past it, it catches my attention for at least a few seconds. And those are happy seconds. When the tree goes up, the boxes of ornaments come out of storage, and the whole family pitches in on the decorating. Whether old or young, adult or child, it is a happy time to be together.