Taking Down the Tree

Christmas season doesn’t end at our house until the tree comes down. It’s still sopping water from the base, but its branches sag now that the music has faded away. The Charlie Brown train stopped running weeks ago. Needles litter the track.

Things changed this year.

We bought a smaller tree that could only fit half the normal lot of ornaments. The skirt that soaked up excess water gave way to a shiny…