Merry Christmas

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me
When oft at joyous Christmas-time
Your form inspires my song and rhyme.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me
–¬†O Tannenbaum, anonymous English variant
In a delightful annual ritual one of our neighbors posts a lovely Christmas tree at the end of her driveway. For eight years, we have driven by this simple display and found in it a quiet perfection, a true spirit of Christmas amidst all the giant inflatable snowmen.
Over those years, I have tried many times to photograph this tree and capture what it is that makes it so special. Photographs can never quite tell the true story of its beauty, but let’s try anyway.
Merry Christmas to you!