The Little Tree That Could

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.


7 thoughts on “The Little Tree That Could

  1. It’s amazing how the love of a good woman will make even the smallest houses a mansion and the barest of trees a great celebration.

  2. I love this story. I love it cuz’ its true.
    Merry Christmas to you and Shannon from sunny Temecula, CA.
    My two little girls also want me to say Merry Christmas to you, too.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Shannon. Thank you for the wonderful stories and recipes, it is truly a gift to us from you. May God bless and keep you safe.

  4. Wishing you and yours a belated Merry Christmas Kent and Shannon. I hope y’all received everything you’ve been wanting.

    If I may, I’d like to share what I received for Christmas from my daughter also named Shannon. At about 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve, my wife tells me I’d better get myself upstairs and shave. Well Sir, that’s one of the hardest things I ever have to do. So, like an obedient husband, I march myself up the stairs and commence the job at hand. Before I’m even half way through, my daughter yells up the stairs, “Dad, we’re leaving”. I finish my shave, my wife Sandy, and I get in the car and drive to our destination. We go inside and wait. Drink some city coffee, and wait some more.

    Well, around 9:06 pm, this man I’ve never met before tells the assembled group, “Well, here she is folks”. Yes Sir, I received an early Christmas present. A 6 lb. 3 oz. little baby granddaughter. Now I want everyone to hear me, I’m not a bit biased but, that little bit of a button has got to be the most beautiful little baby girl around. Beautiful fair skin, honey blond hair already fixing to flip on her neck. The only thing wrong with her, they didn’t use any part of my name for her. Can you beat that?

    So Christmas Eve, and Christmas day as spent up at the hospital. Oh, all the nurses were very excited also. I seems all of the other babies born were little boy buttons. These nurses were all talking about this beautiful baby girl.

    That’s how San and I spent this Christmas. And, it was the best Christmas ever.

    Kent, we’re wishing, and Praying this coming New Year is the best for you and your family.

    Happy New Year to the Rollins family.


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