Monday, December 15, 2008

The Red Tree



This is a non-stitching Christmas story. But fun anyway.
My grandson Trent loves the color red. Always has.
Two years ago my DD and my SIL were having some problems and my DD, then 4 year old grandson Trent and then 2 year old grandson Craig moved in with my DH, Mom and myself for a year. It was a wild ride, esp. since my DH did not have children of his own. But my daughter and her husband worked everything out. They are a happy family now, back living together.
That Christmas Trent was having a difficult time with everything. He missed his dad and his other grandparents.
We had been talking about getting a new tree, one that was smaller than my usual 7 1/2 foot tree. The grandsons and I discussed the tree and making decorations for it. All Trent would say was that he wanted the tree to be red.
So the day after Thanksgiving I go to Michael's and there, low and behold, was a 4 foot RED Christmas tree. With RED lights.
I bought it and took it home. Trent was beside himself with glee. We put this garland of gold, disco ball shaped balls all around the tree. During the day, it looked like it belonged in a brothel.
BUT AT NIGHT!!! Oh my. It looked haunted. When you turned off the overhead lights and turned on the red lights on the tree it was spooky. It gave off a weird, devilish glow.
We put ornaments on it that the kids had made (everyday they moved to a different place on the tree) and the kids loved it. Especially Trent.
That tree is now in my grandson's room at their own house. They still love that tree. And it still looks haunted!
I like to think that red tree helped Trent have a better Christmas that year. And I am so thankful, he has it at HIS HOUSE now!

15 comments:

Daffycat said...

ROFLMAO What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

MommaC said...

That tree that has been up 365+ days now in their room. They refuse to take it down.

Cindy F. said...

this is the best story! You have some wonderful memories:)

Sharon said...

Great story! I love the red tree.

Ashrei said...

Yes, Donna, it does look haunted! Your story made me laugh and laugh! Thanks for sharing.

Mare said...

What a sweet thing to do & a great story. thank you for sharing

Debbie said...

Thats a cute story, I have always wanted a purple tree!

Rene la Frog said...

It is so nice you could find a tree that would help Trent at a difficult time. I had a Blue and Silver tree for several years and wanted to do a red and gold one. Your haunted tree is making me have second thoughts about that.

Carolyn NC said...

How sweet!

sales said...

what a great story! I can only imagine what a red Christmas tree would look like :)

Heidi-ILCS

kaghos said...

LMAO good on, what are the odds of that happening again

Debbie said...

As long as it helped him cope and still makes him happy it is all worth it.

Penny said...

That is so cute what we do for our grandsons right? A haunted Christmas tree interesting.

Wendy said...

Hi,

I'm Wendy from Belgium. What a nice story about the christmas tree! I just found your blog and you do make nice things. I also love to do cross stitching and all other kinds of creative things.

Greetings from Belgium,
Wendy

Shelleen said...

that tree is spooky LOL