Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2016 - 10

MILL CREEK STORIES

The Little Tree
Perhaps especially at this time of year, it's important to see the great and proverbial
forest beyond the small and literal tree.
by Molly Dugger Brennan
It's holiday season and everyone I know has started planning and preparing. People are gathering presents, food,
decorations and everything necessary for the holiday
skits. Wait, what? Skits? Yep, I was talking to a friend
yesterday and she was lamenting that she was behind
in sewing up costumes for their traditional holiday skit.
I don't know about you but the word "skit" has never
been used by my family regarding the holidays, unless
you count "pass the bis-skits."
It turns out, it is a tradition in her family that everyone
goes to Grandma's house for the big family meal and afterwards, they all put on skits that they've written, practiced, with detailed costumes and perhaps even music.
I know what you're thinking. But no, this family's
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name is not Osmond. There's no camera crew, no variety
show, and no reason for all this extra work. I imagine
someone watched a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney re-run
one Sunday afternoon and declared, "Hey, let's put on a
show. It'll be fun. My mom will make costumes."
My friend swears it's not just some elaborate scheme
to weasel out of washing the mountain of dirty dishes.
My family did have one holiday tradition. Every December, my dad and I would trudge through the fields
and woods looking for a Christmas tree that would be
perfect. My mom sent us out with the instructions to find
the loveliest tree possible. She had high hopes that we
would bring back one worthy of a family Christmas card,
ideal in every way.


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