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The Christmas Tree

posted 15 Dec 2011, 10:48 by Dean Fostekew   [ updated 11 Jan 2012, 09:32 ]
I have just got in from putting the Christmas Tree up in the church. I love the smell of spruce and the twinkling of the white lights on the branches as I preside at the altar over the Christmas period. The tree is a gift to the congregation and a memorial to a friend of mine and William's, also a priest, whose birthday was in Christmastide and who sadly died two years ago just after Christmas Day. As much as I love to see the tree it also has sad memories for me but seeing something fresh and green, that brings joy to many is a good way to remember a good friend. 

Putting the tree up in church was a lot easier than putting the one up in the rectory - I have to build that one from scratch! At home our tree consists of long lengths of twisted willow, illuminated by lights and gold balls. I started doing this years ago when we live in Manor Place when a tree to fill the window space cost over £100. Cheapskate that I am. Putting it together is quite straight forward so long as the cats do not try to help. This year Archie would not leave the tree or the light alone. Numerous times saw me extracting him from the middle of the tree and stopping him frying himself by eating tree bulbs and then Gladys got involved. that as they say is a whole different story!
Dean Fostekew,
11 Jan 2012, 09:31