After much consideration, we decided to get our first family Christmas tree — a 3-feet green tree that comes complete with snow flake-shaped fibre optic lights. We were contemplating between a 3-feet and 4-feet tree but our 3-year-old girl chose the 3-feet one, probably because it is about her height. We also chose the fibre optic Christmas tree over the traditional one as the fibre optic lights do not exude heat and are safer around kids.
Though our Christmas tree is not as spectacular as a 6-feet one, it is still awesome to look at when it’s lighted up and the blinking multi-colored fibre optic lights brighten up the entire room and our hearts. That is the magic of Christmas tree – when lighted up, it is able to bring cheer and smiles to everyone around it. My girl and I even added some cotton wool randomly on the tree to make it look like snow. And we have had such fun doing it together.
It suddenly dawned on me that the family Christmas tree is not just a Christmas tree. It is also a symbol of family togetherness and bonding, as well as love and giving as we intend to place our Christmas presents around the tree.
Looking back, I realised I have never had a Christmas tree during my childhood as it was considered a luxury rather than a need. Even after I graduated and came out to work, I still considered the Christmas tree a luxury and an unnecessary item to have. But I love Christmas, so I got myself a miniature Christmas tree just to display on the table top. I was single then and the tree has no significant meaning to me. Not until now.
This Christmas is going to be so much more special because of our first family Christmas tree. We can certainly look forward to many happy moments of family bonding, admiring the beautifully lighted tree and unwrapping Christmas presents around the tree.