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A real Christmas Tree*

3 Dec

* My real Christmas tree was a gift from The Christmas Tree Truck, through Her Canberra. All opinions are my own.

My early Christmas memories are of sugar cookies, plastic (but tasteful) miniature Santa sleighs filled with chocolate coins placed at heights just out of reach of little hands, candles shaped as snowmen, and the biggest Christmas tree imaginable with unique decorations.

As I grew up, that large Christmas tree shrunk. And shrunk. As a teenager I towered over it; as I grew, the magic of Christmas seemed to decrease.

Having lived in Canberra now for just on seven years (how did that happen?), I’ve still never spent a Christmas here, with the promise of Christmases at home – or, more recently, hurried trips abroad – too strong. Having lived in three apartments and one townhouse since I moved here has also provided me with a convenient excuse to not set anything up, arguing the spaces are “too small”.

That changes this year when new business, the Christmas Tree Truck, offer me my very own real tree. Well, kind of changes. I’m sceptical, but it forces me to rethink why I hadn’t got a tree in the past. Was it because I couldn’t be bothered? And is a real tree going to last long enough? Is it going to be way too big for the apartment? Will I kill it like most other non-self-sufficient flora in and around our house? What if the magic isn’t restored?

I put my concerns aside and agree to go the whole hog and get the standard package: a six foot Christmas tree, beautifully shaped, with a stand. On Saturday morning I clear a space in the living room and wait for my Christmas tree.

The doorbell rings and Cooper knows we’ve got a guest (little does he actually know). And there they are. And there it is.

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And it is definitely bigger than me.

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