It is always a special day when we go to choose the Christmas tree and decorate it. We are especially pleased with the tree this year, its over seven feet tall, and a lovely shape. It amazes me every year how many people say they don't want a real tree because of the mess. To me, the whole point of a Christmas tree is that it is bringing greenery inside the house - a very old tradition itself. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a real tree! We will make sure we do as TS Elliot says and be "taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree."
Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. ~Augusta E. Rundel