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Gisela Wold­enga of Co­quit­lam, B.C., writes, “Last year, my search for a Christ­mas tree was a lit­tle com­pli­cated. Be­ing a tree con­nois­seur, I wanted a five-foot no­ble fir, but couldn’t find one. A help­ful em­ployee showed me a beau­ti­ful seven-foot tree and sug­gested I cut it down to five feet: okay, then!

Once home, and prop­erly se­cured in a bucket of wa­ter, I thought the tree would be fine. The next morn­ing, it had slumped side­ways and dumped the pail over. I heaved it up­right again. ‘Aren’t you happy I chose you?’ I asked. Did I hear a grum­ble? Plac­ing it in the tree stand, even with the help of my daugh­ter, was a trial. The tree wasn’t se­cure no mat­ter how tightly I turned the screws. Was it an­noyed that it had lost one-third of its height? Within the branches, we dis­cov­ered an­other stem ris­ing up like a twin. Were we deal­ing with a split per­son­al­ity? Af­ter fi­nally se­cur­ing it as best we could, we hoisted it on to a pedestal in the cor­ner. I dec­o­rated it the next day and it looked gor­geous.

All was well, or so I thought. That evening, as I lov­ingly poured wa­ter into its con­tainer, the tree gave a sigh and top­pled over. I just stood there, not be­liev­ing my eyes, star­ing at the dis­as­ter on the floor. ‘What do you have against me?’ I wailed. I man­aged to lift it up and prop it against the door.

Af­ter a des­per­ate call, my help­ful neigh­bour came by, sur­veyed the sit­u­a­tion, called his vis­it­ing son over and they both got to work. Some lower branches seemed to have pre­vented it from sink­ing all the way into the holder. Four strong arms fi­nally fit­ted the

tree back into the proper place, and I was left clean­ing up bro­ken or­na­ments, wa­ter and nee­dles. I counted my bless­ings that the dam­age was mi­nor. Was the tree happy now? For the rest of the Christ­mas sea­son it be­haved it­self, per­haps fi­nally ap­pre­ci­at­ing my ef­forts to make it look fes­tive. This year, I will be­gin search­ing ear­lier for the right-sized tree—hope­fully one with a more ac­com­mo­dat­ing per­son­al­ity!”

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