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Broken Tradition

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” – Erma Bombeck

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Mother was never big on holidays or any type of celebrations, really. I remember one Christmas she actually put up a tree display. Her holiday version, a small bare branch from an unspecified tree. On the thrift shop black wooden four-drawer hall table, simplicity stuck firmly in a metal, two-pound ground coffee can. Year after year, the plain branch became beautiful.

My sister and I carefully hang homemade ornaments.

scissors and glue
and cut out paper snowflakes
glitter magic

With sand, a few stabilizing rocks, it became the only Christmas tree I can ever remember. It was not that we were financially poor. My father was a good provider. There must have been other years we had real Christmas trees with every red, gold and silver ornament embracing the branches but only one remains fondly in my memory – the little branch tree. It makes me smile.

breeze of yesterday
jostle the evergreen tree
a broken tradition

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Inspiration from Managua Gunn’s Cabin Fever – LĪGO HAĪBUN quotation prompt challenge. Photo source: Flickr.com

Enjoy a few more quotation prompt Ligo Haibun:

♥ Ligo Haibun Challenge: Christmas (twoscamps.wordpress.com)

♥ An unconventional Christmas (artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com)

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29 thoughts on “Broken Tradition

    • Sun says:

      thank you, Ruth! true, simple is easier to remember for most of us. all the best to you and especially for your husband’s back surgery. ♥

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  1. twoscamps says:

    Sun, this was very very sweet… what a lovely memory and the idea of a little branch tree delights me! Merry Christmas!

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  2. M. R. says:

    Gosh, Sun – that’s really terrific! And why not? – I wish everyone who has a family and therefore celebrates this season would use an old branch and decorate it … Lovely tree – lovely thoughts.

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    • Sun says:

      thank you, Margaret! one of the best things mom taught us: to be “green” before it was even popular. 🙂 all the best to you in the new year

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  3. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks) says:

    Life really is so much simpler for children. They find joy in everything. And as our expectations grow, the size of things that matter grow, inevitably our problems will also grow! Have you noticed how children when asked their age, tell it after adding an year or two. They have no idea what they’re trying to lose!! A lovely post 🙂

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    • Sun says:

      our childhood, a time for great learning and building our memory treasure chest. amazing how the simple things are the very ones we did not enjoy as much as children but become the fondest memories. who knew!?! thanks, Ayesha.

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  4. Lala Rukh says:

    How adorable are all these childhood memories ! I just loved reading this post Sun…. Your posts are always THAT beautiful ! It is good to meet you once again 🙂 Hope you are having a good time. Lots of Love xx

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    • Sun says:

      hello, Lala/whitepearl…i see you are starting fresh 🙂 lovely. life is always good, thank you. all the best for the new year. take care ☼hugs

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    • Sun says:

      such a sweet note, Philmouse…yes, children can find happiness in the simple of things. how far we venture off the path as adults. shame. happy new year over at the busy realm. 🙂 thanks

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