December 14, 2009

The Real Tree

This is the time of year that people go out in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Christmas trees always make me sad. I find it sad that a living thing gives it life for our decorative pleasure. A life is sacrificed for only a few weeks of enjoyment.

We decorate trees with garland, bulbs, bows and lights. We forget that once a man hung from a tree. He sacrificed Himself so that we may: not have a few weeks of transitory enjoyment, but that we may have an eternity of blessings.

When you are decorating the tree of CHRISTmas and waiting with joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, see the tree for what it is: a reminder that you can’t have Christ without the Cross. The Cross is always looming. It was there in the manger.
You can make a tree beautiful but the Cross has a terrible beauty all its own.


Blogger Chris said...

My Christmas tree is a Norfolk pine that cleverly masquerades as a house plant the rest of the year. Can we stretch the analogy in a slightly different direction?

"He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." (Is 53:2)


December 14, 2009 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the smell of a live tree, we have a fake tree now--because I'm allergic to the mold spores on the bark--geeze. In the warm of the house the mold spores pop open and spread mold allergens throught the house. Besides that live trees dry up, all the pine needles start to fall off way before Christmas--sometimes by the time Christmas rolled around--the tree looked pitable.

Besides that--the live trees need to stay growing--to help clean the air in our environment. I agree with you--it's always seemed wrong to me, to kill pine trees.

But then my husband Jim reminds me that the tree's are specifically grown for CHristmas, and they would probably not exist except for the espress use of us using them as decorations--oy

December 14, 2009 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cath, I always feel a little sad about Christmas trees too...maybe you have articulated the reason. I dunno.

We did put ours up on Saturday; it's a fake one. Got a good deal on it after Christmas a coupla years ago. Fake trees can look good but you have to go through and fluff and arrange the individual branches like you would silk flowers. After much "fluffing", ours looks pretty decent. If I had a blog I'd post a picture of it ;)

December 14, 2009 1:52 PM  
Blogger X said...

My crucifix hangs on the wall near the tree. And the Nativity scene goes under the tree. Got all my bases covered.

December 15, 2009 12:48 AM  
Blogger belinda said...

Hi Cathy, I wanted to mention that the Christmas tree farms that are out where I live plant the trees specifically for this purpose. I felt bad too until I understood that it's no different than lettuce or vegetable farmers , they grow a crop and the money raised helps to feed their families. Besides it's not good to nuture and grow only pine species. These people are not diverse in their planting. We don't want that many of one species of a non-native type of tree to take over.

Besides I feel bad for the Chinese who still have to live with the plastic slurry residue from my fake tree that they had manufactured for me over ten years ago. (I hope the Chinese did something good with the money.)

I also feel bad for either eating animals, forgetting my prayers, putting myself first, thinking people are morons, whispering to the dog that his life has little meaning, being grouchy, failing to recycle, yelling at my kids, and growling at my husband - and not in a fun kinda way.... I always feel bad about something that I do or have failed to do , it's just the special way about me.

Torment- it's what makes me , "me",

December 15, 2009 2:35 PM  
Blogger Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

The Christmas Tree is truly supposed to be the "Tree of Life"...a signification of our Saviour's Sacrifice as well as the fount of our wonderful, so beautiful to behold. The lights, the decorations, the smell of life and salvation...
If only we could really, truly understand how much this symbol can teach us...
A blessed Advent and Christmastide to all...may the true meaning of the signs and symbols of this holy time be a true moment of grace! Ave Maria!

December 15, 2009 11:02 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I'm free of conflict when the tree is "farm-raised" as Belinda said. I THINK as Belinda said...I'm not sure...LOL

Hi Belinda! Welcome back!

Fr: Same to you!

December 16, 2009 8:10 AM  

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