|In the arms of love|
We had a magnificent Christmas tree this last winter. When the official season was over, the tree was definitely not dead or ready to be disposed of--see: "In the Arms of Love" (1-3-12). Subsequent holidays came and went, Valentine's, Presidents', St. Patrick's, and Easter. I had thought if the tree can make it until Easter, oh my!
|Still quite green for a May Christmas Tree|
May 1, well past Easter, a terrific wind came through. The Christmas tree leaned out from its arms of security and toppled to its side on the ground. It was time. Along with its departure came the awareness of its future use.
|Steep bank and erosion|
|Bank secured with Christmas branches|
And the trunk? It will season over the summer. Next Christmas we will burn those logs for our family gathering. When the house is again quiet, the ashes will be scooped and sprinkled into the garden where they will become part of new life. Full cycle. Sweet tradition.