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December 23, 2010

Very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

little tree little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid

look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"

"little tree", by e. e. cummings

One of my most favourite things about Christmas is the tree. I love the way a real fir tree smells, it's one of those smells that instantly bring up a whole flood of memories of childhood and happiness. I spend hours and hours putting the lights and all my ornaments on the tree, and then begins what I call The Ornament Shuffle: endlessly moving the ornaments about to find just the right place for each one. I buy a new ornament or two each year, mostly bird-themed ones since the tree seems to have become a sparkly, glittery aviary over the years!

Any ways, I'd like to wish you all -and your trees too!- a very merry Christmas filled with happiness and joy! :)

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