The whole point of A Charlie Brown Christmas is that the tree and decorations are not what makes Christmas, Christmas. But having a tree is still one of those things we do to put us in the spirit of the season. There’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up at the magic of a Christmas tree, but what if there are no kids around to feel the magic?
Obviously, this is the only time of year that tree growers have a market, and they take full advantage of it. There’s a tree lot on every corner of every block in every town in America. In fact, up to 36 million trees are sold every year.
But here’s the thing: Christmas trees aren’t really for grown-ups, which is probably one reason only 10 percent of the country buys them. They’re there for kids who need a spot for Santa to leave some swag. They’re messy, take a lot of care, and they’re a fire hazard. And a pain to get rid of.
But on the other hand, Christmas trees are beautiful reminders of of the season that you decorate with little keepsakes that tell a family history. And where else are you going to stack all the presents for everyone? But the main thing is: they’re magical, and help infuse kids with a sense of awe for the season!
Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, loves a tree… but he has a kid. So what do you think?