A Last Christmas Memory

We offer one last Christmas memory before the season comes to a close with the Baptism of the Lord. The author is the father of Brendon Brown, who wrote the initial article on Christmas memories.
by Peter Brown | Source: GoodNews
In 1990’s, the time of year arrived for the annual Christmas tree hunt. It was a custom in our family to wait until Christmas Eve or the Sunday before Christmas (Advent means time of waiting) to find and decorate our tree.

That year for some reason I was not able to participate, so my oldest daughter Christina and her siblings marched out in what was bitter cold and snow even for December. The children were gone for about two hours and the boys returned cold and freezing but without their older sister who was on a mission.

They had cut an eight foot top from a larger spruce tree and were dragging it the quarter mile through woods and across the field. But they had given up and left the tree and their sister. Brendon then decided he had to return to the task so he set off again meeting his sister with the burden of the tree.

As I reflect on this, I am reminded of someone two thousand years ago dragging a tree up a hill and being helped by someone else. God has blessed us with these children, and they continue to inspire us with their tenacity to serve Christ. 

Christina was consecrated for eight years and is now married. She and her husband Thomas are preparing, as Mary and Joseph did at the first Christmas, to receive a child into this world.

Br. Brendon is studying in Rome in his twelfth year of formation with the Legionaries of Christ.   It isn’t the Christmas tree that I remember all these years later, but the example of my daughter and son. Their example will always remain about the true meaning of Christmas.

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