Decorating Your Tree (4 of 6) by Roger Thomas

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Decorating Your Tree (4 of 6)
Series: Romans 12 - The Christian's Job Description
Roger Thomas
Romans 12:9-13

You will probably call me ''Ebeneezer'' as in ''bah humbug Scrooge'' but I have to confess I really don't like decorating a Christmas tree. I am not sure why. Maybe I just don't have much of an eye for that sort of thing. Maybe I don't have the patience for laying every piece of tinsel on each branch just right. Maybe a tree fell on me when I was two years old or something forever traumatizing me about Christmas trees. Who knows?

Or maybe it's those experiences with Christmas trees when we were first married that warped my perspective. Our first tree was about two foot tall and decorated with paper cups covered in aluminum foil-because that was all we could afford. Probably more than we could afford. A few years later when we lived in Missouri the first time, we would take two little ones and trudge through the hills near our Rolla home to cut our own tree. You have probably done that.

We would start on what might otherwise be a beautiful walk in the woods. But after about two hours looking for a tree that isn't lopsided or full of holes, the trek becomes work. Finally, I would give in and cut down the next half way decent specimen. Cut wasn't exactly the right word. It was more like rubbing it down with my very dull saw. Once the tree toppled with the kids yelling ''Timber!!'' in the background, I would drag it three miles back to the car, lash it on top with duct tape and bungee cords, carefully drive home, carry it into the house, knocking lamps off tables and pictures from the wall as I went. Finally near the destination too little too late I would try to fit it into the tree stand. Only to discover that the six inch trunk of a naturally growing tree was never meant for a three inch three stand. Back out to the garage and to try to whittle three inches off the truck with the same dull saw. This time I would fit the stand before taking the t ...

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