We began collecting a fresh cut from our Christmas tree trunk the year our first daughter was born. This is one of my very favorite Christmas traditions each year. I save the tree trunk disk until after Christmas when I write something special about that year’s holiday celebration.
The dates of each of my children’s and nephews first Christmases and the years of my grandparent’s last ones are marked on the tree trunks. The year it snowed two feet and the years we moved and were expecting babies are noted on others. One tree trunk slice commemorates the Christmas Eve that we were visited by the Fire Department.Some tree trunk pieces are skinny, others so wide I could write a long story on it. Every year, as we unpack the decorations, the basket that holds our Christmas tree trunks is always poured over and cherished. The kids lay them out, read each one and fondly remember Christmases past, where we were, and highlighted moments.
The first year we moved to Rhode Island, I had the fantastic idea of cutting down a pine tree from our yard, it was too large for it’s spot against the patio. I sentimentally thought how special it would be to have our first Christmas tree here be from our yard, and besides, then it’s disposal will be taken care of by the town’s tree removal in January – a perfect and practical plan!
My husband assured me the tree was way too big to be our tree and wanted to cut just the top off, I hemmed and hawed and insisted and in the tree went. It was way too big. It had to be trimmed down several times. Then it fell over - twice! It was the very first year my husband remembered to water the tree right away, so the water and pine needles and a nest of some kind of bugs all came crashing down (did I mention twice?!) So I have my Christmas tree trunk wedge from a tree in our yard on our first Rhode Island Christmas along with all the (now funny) stories that go along with that tree.
This year’s tree stump sits in the basket, blank, waiting for our memories to be imprinted upon it.