I never knew anyone who kept their Christmas tree up all year long.
At first I thought she needed help taking it down or that she had no place to store it.
When I found out the real reason, it made perfect sense.
She said that she wanted to keep her Christmas near.
"But why cover it up with a big white sheet?" I asked. It loomed in the corner, unlike the ghost of Christmas past, but more like a gentle reminder in disguise.
A simple unveiling would always warm her heart; revealing the times her family was together.
I often think of her sitting by the tree in all it's glory, tinsel, and lights. It's during the heat of summer, when I smile the most.
So now I have a different response to my neighbor's wreath still gracing their door in the middle of February. I am no longer frustrated by the over sized candy canes placed throughout the yard across the street. I figure these people just need to keep their Christmas near.
So I think I'll keep that one forgotten strand of lights still wrapped around the tree in my own yard.
I can easily plug them in on the days I may need a little Christmas.