A few years ago I discovered a tradition here in town. It begins shortly after Halloween with Will Treelighter and a bare tree. By the time December arrives, a modest tree is adorned with 15,000 incandescent mini lights, 15,000 LED lights and 7,500 color changing LED lights. Yes, for you math wizards, that’s more than 37,500 lights. Wrapping the tree in lights takes about 40 hours.
Appropriately, it’s called the Magic Tree. And magical it is. In the creator’s own words, it’s a senseless act of beauty.
Did I tell you? Entrepreneur and I got an early Christmas present! Army Wife and Peanut (and unnamed Butterbean) came up to spend a week with us. Once again our home was filled with little girl giggles, screams and endless Why? questions. I’m sure more grandgirl pics from their time with us will find their way into future posts.
So while Army Wife got caught up on some much-needed first trimester sleep, we were more than happy to take up the slack with pocket-rocket Peanut. And I must add that she is one very. busy. girl!
Peanut and her family saw the Magic Tree last year, but this year, she was completely captivated by all the lights. I think her goal was to touch each and every one of them.
And they are impressive. When standing under the tree, a purple/pink/red/orange/white/green/blue glow envelopes you. There is something about 37,500 lights shining in the dark that warms the heart and soul.
There it was–the true Light was coming into the world that illumines every person.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The Light of the World came to pierce the darkness about 2,000 years ago. Christians celebrate this event in Christmas, when Love came down and became one of us; to experience every emotion He personally created; to start out as we all do…as a child.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Christ instills His Light into each of our souls, and we are reminded every Christmas of that precious gift. It’s a light that that we can use to shine joy, hope, love, wonder and peace into the darkness of life, making this world a better place.
Yes, I’ve been playing with textures again! 🙂
This is one I made from Magic Tree lights. I think I might like it better than the one I posted yesterday. Which one do you like?