Tradition

i am reposting this…one of my favorite Christmas memories…

i got a tree today…we will decorate it tomorrow
when i was my sons age, 8…dad and i would buy our tree on Christmas eve …then go to midnight mass…then i would try to sleep until morning…visions of sugar plums and reindeer and baseball gloves and footballs dancing in my head…

it was our tradition to buy our tree Christmas eve…i didn’t know at the time the reason it was our tradition,was because trees were dirt cheap then, they were almost giving them away…

my favorite memory of back then is dad and i going up the street…about 5 or 6 in the evening…and dad buying two of the worst looking trees you have ever seen for 50 cents…we brought them home…and dad sawed limbs from one tree and drilled holes in the other tree and glued the limbs in…to make the best looking tree you’ve ever seen…i remember us laughing the whole time…

he was so proud of that tree…we decorated it and i don’t think i had ever seen him or mom so happy… when i got older mom told me later that night when i was asleep ,after the tree was decorated…the heat loosened the glue and limbs started falling out left and right…dad jumping around laughing putting them back in…i never knew

it was a great Christmas…traditions start for a number of reasons…i treasure our tradition of buying the tree Christmas eve…no matter what the reason

Christmas isn’t about the money…it’s the day we celebrate Jesus birthday…the prince of peace,the hope and light of the world..a tradition we can’t afford to lose

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Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 6:51 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. Thanks Mark!! Merry Christmas.

  2. It’s been a while Mark, what a beautiful post and tradition. I hope the Marchetti family has a very Merry Christmas!

    • thanks Pat…and a very Merry Christmas to the O’Boyles…say hello to Mike…hey i have eggs!!!

  3. Mark, thanks for sharing your Christmas memories. Reading this made me think back to when I was young and how exciting the days leading up to Christmas were. We didn’t have much then, but thinking about just being together as a family brings back really special memories. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. I enjoyed your story again, it is one your Mom told too. It must have been a lot of fun. Happy Holidays,Gilda


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