I know change is vital — it’s impossible to GROW without change. And I know that sometimes, people don’t always deal with change very well.
I’ve always considered myself pretty good at coping with change, but this holiday season, I admit, I may feel some sadness over the loss of a Duffy Family Tradition. To my shock, this year, my parents have decided to buy a — gasp! — fake tree.
Ever since I was a baby, we’ve had REAL trees for Christmas. Sometimes we go out into the woods and chop them down, other times we visit a tree farm, and more and more, we buy from the local Boy Scouts tree lot. We’ve had all kinds, but the Douglas Fir is our favourite.
But Mom has decided she doesn’t want the hassle of a real tree anymore. The hassle?
At first, I was devastated. I mean, the annual Tree Picking Ceremony is as old as me! But then I started thinking about it. Real trees are messy — I find needles in my socks for MONTHS after the holidays. And, every year, so many pre-cut trees are never bought. What happens to them? That CAN’T be good for the environment, right?
Our fake tree is beautiful. And after we filled it with lights and decorations, you can hardly tell it isn’t real. Except, the living room is missing that fresh pine scent. Sigh. I wonder if Santa will notice. <wink wink>
Speaking of Santa, I won’t be blogging again until December 26, so, I wish you and your family a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS—and all the best for the New Year.
— Chase Superman Duffy