Thursday, 2 December 2010

Another Christmas Tradition

Every year we try and remember that Christmas is a time for giving as well as presents and too much food so we traditionally have a giving tree.

The Giving Tree is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree in a forest. The tree always provides the boy with what he wants: branches on which to swing, shade in which to sit, apples to eat, branches with which to build a home. As the boy grows older he requires more and more of the tree. The tree loves the boy very much and gives him anything he asks for. In the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, the tree lets the boy cut her down so the boy can build a boat in which he can sail. The boy leaves the tree, now a stump. Many years later, the boy, now an old man, returns and the tree says, "I have nothing left to give you." The boy replies, "I do not need much now, just a quiet place to sit and rest." The tree then says, "Well, an old tree stump is a good place for sitting and resting. Come boy, sit down and rest." The boy obliged and the tree was happy.

Gives me a lump every time I think of that story.  Our giving tree is a small Christmas tree which we decorate with small "icicles" with gifts inside - little sweets and a small Christmas message to share with every visitor to our home even the postman and the bin collectors get a share in our Christmas bounty,  We love our giving tree and think of our Saviour and his sacrifice when we share our Christmas spirit.  Have fun!

Cellophane squares with a few sweets in the center tied up with ribbon with a tag with a Christmas message from our family

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