Today I cleaned out a minuscule area of my house — part of the Studio closet — but I feel like it was a big thing.

We have a group in town called AustinFreecycle, where people post things they are looking for or wanting to get rid of. Yesterday, someone posted that their family had decided not to do presents for Christmas this year, but they were looking for a tree and decorations.

Several years ago, Newell went out of his way to buy me a tree, because he knew it meant a lot to me, even though he isn’t really into Christmas decorations. It was a beautiful gesture — a lovely 7 1/2 foot artificial tree that really made me happy.

Looked through thousands of photos on this computer and couldn’t find a one of it up. Just goes to show… If I find one on the other computer, I’ll share it.

But I got to thinking about it. Most years, I haven’t out it up, because it is a lot of work for one person, and it can’t be out most places, because the cats attack. I have a little tree that doesn’t take any putting together that I can use if I really want a tree. It’s even fiber-optic, so it doesn’t need lights.

Little tree

So this morning I dug the big tree out of storage and took it across town to the mother who homeschools her four kids. She was most appreciative.

I also took her a copy of The Luckless Prince to share with her 16-year-old daughter who is a voracious reader. Who knows, maybe they will buy some of the other books. 😉

It did my heart good to make a family happy so easily. And that is what Christmas is really all about, isn’t it?


About RieSheridanRose

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2,  and Killing It Softly. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.
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