Voices in Humanism

Traditional Christmas Tree
At our house, the 11 foot Christmas tree has always been a traditional one, with one exception. The fresh-cut tree has been replaced with an artificial tree that we put up each year, sparing the task of cleaning up the many needles shed by a live tree. Almost everything placed or hung on the tree has been in our family for years. The glass chains from the 1920s to the large light bulbs and bubble lights of the 40s and 50s to the lead tinsel saved each year since 1956 bring back memories of Christmases past. That’s not to say that numerous other ornaments have been added over the years. We almost decided to put up a smaller one this year, but did not. I just didn’t want to stop hanging all that tinsel strand by strand.

Laurence B. Stone
Retired Director of the Ohio Judicial College
Graphic Designer, Voices in Humanism