Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I Love My Tree and 3 Kings

This is my Christmas tree, and this year I decided to purchase an artificial tree for a few reasons.

The first was that my daughter gets really upset when she sees any kind of tree being cut down for any reason, even if its dead, or sick, or whatever. She cries. So when it came time to get a tree, she said, "Please mommy, lets get a fake tree and save a poor little tree from the chipper!"
The second reason is I hate cleaning up after a dead tree, and it makes me kind of sad too that we love this tree for a few weeks and then throw it in the dumpster. What, like once its served its purpose, it has no value? It goes from being our favorite thing, to being a piece of trash?

The best and final reason is, I want to keep it up for a lot longer than usual, because I want to celebrate 3 Kings Day this year. This is a great holiday I celebrated with my family all throughout my childhood. It falls on January 6, and is known to some as Epiphany. I grew up in Puerto Rico, and many Latin cultures including mine celebrate it and give the presents to children and loved ones on this day instead of Christmas. In my family, we always celebrated both, so it made our Holiday vacation extra long and fun. We kept the tree up , and had an extra fun day to look forward to after the New Year. We even had school off until after then. It was awesome.

So in the end, I'll get to enjoy my tree a bit longer, and maybe save a tree, AND celebrate just a little bit more joy of the season with my family.
What more could I ask for?

Life is good.
Happy Three Kings Day!
Feliz Dia de Reyes!

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