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What does your Christmas tree style say about you?

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Do you prefer a practical artificial tree? Or an emerald prize dripping with sap and maybe even a live squirrel? What is the most appropriate tree topper? Perhaps even more serious than the cake verses pie battle, homemakers and the head of the house must resolve on how the family will be represented by the annual Christmas tree.

Artificial trees are for the planners of the world (or the allergic). Not ones to be deterred by busy schedules or weather conditions, artificial tree lovers neatly store their purchases in three pre-lit sections. They have a designated calendar date they prefer to setup the tree, and labeled Tupperware boxes of organized ornaments, tinsel, and ribbon.

Real trees are for the more adventurous type. They enjoy the experience of chopping and hauling, sweating, and spreading Christmas cheer and pine-needles everywhere they go. These are those last-minute shoppers, well-intentioned, but frequently scatterbrained with excess holly, jolly, and sprinkles.

Now, the lights. Twinkly, cascading, LED, warm white, cool white, clear white, multiple colors, color changing, bright, super-bright, ultra-bright, and/or fire hazard. My husband prefers classic white, while I think I’m more festive with multiple colors. My brother just wants blue. All blue. I’m not sure what that says about him since he’s not exactly a Cats fan…

How about the top of the tree? Traditionalist of a certain golden age reach for a star, while another generation may claim an angel as the most suitable topper. If a Millennial is in charge, a whole slew of options will be introduced: top hats, bows, “marvelous and motorized” Santa sleighs and reindeer, or maybe even their beloved wifi router and Starbucks mug. But let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a caffeinated and well-connected Christmas?

May your season of preparation not get you in a tangle or wrapped-up in something temporary. This December, prepare your hearts for the real, authentic, bright, and perfect reason for the season. O come, o come Emmanuel!

Neena is a Kentucky wife, mother, daughter, and beekeeper who does life in Owensboro. Her first novel, The Bird and the Bees, is a Christian contemporary romance set to be released in April 2020. Visit her at wordslikehoney.com.

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