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We didn’t get our Christmas tree until the week before Christmas.
I had a gallbladder attack with intense abdominal pain at Thanksgiving and it took me three weeks to fully recover. Thanksgiving marks the starting gate into the holiday season, and I didn’t leap through that gate, I crawled. Before we knew it, the calendar said December 17th, and we didn’t yet have our Christmas tree.
Once we got our Christmas tree, there was a palpable shift. We finally had a host to set a friendly tone for the Christmas holidays. The pine scent freshened our living room and our breathing opened. We felt protected and emotionally soothed, adorned with the warm presence of the pine tree.
This Yueltide companion does more than provide a decorative centerpiece for a family holiday. Pine trees with their earthy, fresh-forest fragrance offer emotional support. The pine tree is a Grandfather and with his warm outstretched arms he serves as a noble guardian at Christmastime and throughout the year.