The Christmas Tree I Remember Best

My Childhood Christmas TreeWhen I was a child my parents bought a green artificial Christmas tree. I must have been about 9 or 10 years old. The tree wasn’t big, but then I suppose it was a little taller than me.

It came in a long narrow box. When we slid the tree out of the box, the branches of the tree had to be opened up and we had to connect the “feet”, so that it could stand.

I still have the image in my head of a very thin man sleeping in a box. Every December we would wake him up, by gently by sliding him out of the box and then give him life by awakening his body and adding his feet. 🙂 Then we would decorate him and bring him alive for the Christmas season.

Once Christmas was over, we had to take off all the decorations and then smooth the branches down, so that the tree could go back into its box. This took quite an effort. The box was made for the a tree with no wear and tear. But the longer we had the tree, the harder it was to get it back into the box.

For some reason, buying a container for our Christmas tree was never an option that occurred to anybody. I think that was because money was tight and it was more important to buy a basic tree that could be used every year. And then to spend the extra money on beautiful and fun decorations. Also I don’t really remember ever seeing the type of storing bags we have today.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of our Christmas tree. If I did, I would have loved to share it. This picture does remind me of our beautiful tree. 🙂  Thank you for reading about my memory of our lovely Christmas tree…