Hands up if you have a Christmas tree in your home this holiday season.

We have one as well, though it is a wee bit small. And it’s fake, but I couldn’t in good conscience slay a living tree just to hang decorations on it for a couple of weeks, then throw it away.

So, what you see in the picture above is what we’ve got.

BUT, I also have a couple of baby Christmas trees growing in my home (see pic below). I planted them from seeds bought in a kit at the local dollar store. Two out of three sprouted. They are ever so cute. They’re Norway spruce trees (Picea abies), and they can grow as high as 200 feet and live for hundreds, even thousands of years.

So, I have two options: eventually cut holes in my roof to accommodate them, or tearfully part ways with them by planting them outdoors in a year or two — they grow about three feet a year, apparently.

Hmm . . . (winks)

On another note: In past years, I’ve run posts about the symbolism of Christmas trees.

Here’s a post I did in 2012:

Have you ever thought about the symbolism of the Christmas tree? I have to admit that there was a time I looked upon it with scorn, thinking it symbolized excess, phoniness and gawdiness. Then I came across a short article called The Christmas Tree by Regina Z. Thackara that made me see it in a new light . . . the word “light” being a key word in this time of the Winter Solstice.

It’s more than just light, though, as Regina explains. The tree and all its decorations may represent the universe, rooted in the “divine heart” of things, and its lights the “divine spark” in each of us all linked together.

A brief excerpt from Regina’s article:

“We can perhaps see behind the outward glamor of the tree with its candles, balls, silver tinsel, and a shiny star at the top, by looking at it again with an open heart and listening to what it can tell us. In ancient philosophies and religions, for instance, we find that the tree has often been used as a symbol for the universe, whose roots sprang forth from the divine heart of all things and whose trunk, branches, twigs, and leaves were the different worlds and spheres. The colorful glass balls on it then stand for the manifold planets and globes, connected with everything else throughout the cosmos by the symbolic tinsel and gay festoons. And the candles (lights): in one way, they represent the divine spark that is in every living being, linking us all together on a higher level and making of us potential gods. But they also denote light, which brings forth and is all life in the universe. Light is both spirit and matter, so that everything is really a form of light. Finally, the star at the top of the tree may symbolize our own highest self or, from a universal standpoint, the divine essence of the cosmos towards which all of us as god-sparks are striving.”

Yes, I like that interpretation. It gives me a warm feeling inside; it reaffirms what I know about how we are all manifestations of the Great Energy, how we are all connected, how we are all One.

There are other explanations, though, which you can read about in Regina’s article.

Merry Christmas Tree!

— Jillian