First of all, Shannon the Beagle and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. We have truly been blessed with many gifts and those gifts are all of our fiends and family new and old alike.
We would like to share with y’all this little story Christmas story that we wrote alongside our monthly recipe that appeared in the December issue of Western Horseman. Enjoy and Happy Holidays…
The Little Tree That Could
It wasn’t much to look at, but to us it was what Christmas was all about. My wife Shannon, had been really sick with strep throat, and it was four days until Christmas. We lived in a small one bedroom house, and I figured that a Christmas tree might brighten her day and make our house feel more like a home. The tree couldn’t be too big because we had only a small corner to set it in.
I grabbed a saw and went down to the creek in search of the right tree. The cedars were ragged and a long way from a tree farm’s spectacular spruce or pines. I decided to climb one of the bigger trees and cut off the top. As I headed back to our “mansion” with the tree, I wondered if it was good enough. When I showed it to Shannon she sat up on the couch mustered a smile and said, “Oh it’s so cute!”
We strung popcorn on it and added some lights and behold: It became a Christmas tree. It leaned pretty hard to one side and looked slightly like an awkward octopus with its limbs hanging everywhere. But as we sat in the dark with just the glow of lights we swore we were in Rockefeller Center under the giant tree. There were’t any presents gathered around, but the greatest gift was that we were together.
You don’t need anything fancy or extravagant to have a celebration; all it takes is love, family and friendship. So, when you think you can’t or you don’t have enough for Christmas, remember our little tree that could with what little it had.