Traditional Christmas Tree Cutting

Takes on a New Twist

by Dale Fisher

We have a family tradition of cutting a live Christmas tree every year. This year, the annual event took on a new twist. It was the first year that Marti and I were empty-nesters. Consequently, our children didn't accompany us on this adventure.
At the tree farm, Marti and I came upon and chose a 10-foot tree. Fortunately, for us, through one of our church's ministries this year, we "adopted" a couple of local University of Redlands international studies students for the day. Both young men are earning masters degrees in Global Information Systems.
William is from Rwanda and Anton is from Ukraine. They were delighted to accompany us while we were both pleased to have them accompany us.
The four of us didn't only cut and bring home the Christmas tree. Marti and I explained to our young friends a few of America's cultural traditions of Christmas, such as hanging Christmas lights, preparing and sharing Christmas meals, and hanging mistletoe — interestingly, as I was explaining the third Christmas tradition to the young men, a lady (the tree farm owner) who was standing in the doorway while we were discussing the use of mistletoe had a smile on her face as her right cheek seemed to be sticking out slightly towards us . . .
After getting it home safely, the tree is now up and decorated. Marti and I plan to invite these international students over again for eggnog and caroling and to show them what a Christmas tree looks like when it is fully decorated.

William (left), Anton (center) and Marti (right), along with
a couple of tree farm workers, prepare to cut the chosen tree.

William (front) helps others carry the big tree to Dale's car.

Home with the tree, Anton (right) and Dale prepare to
unstrap and remove the tree and put it in its stand.

The Fishers' Christmas tree, traditionally decorated

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:4–7).


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