As you get older you are reminded each year of the various traditions you started doing as a child and how many of them still bring a smile to your face, regardless of how silly they are. One of the traditions that I started as a child, growing up in Smalltown, Ontario, was one I called "looking up".
Each Christmas my parents would set up the Christmas tree, adorned with layers of lights, balls, snowflakes and just the right coating of tinfoil icicles. And when the house was quiet, usually the evenings running up to the big event, I would find myself sitting on the floor staring up at the tree in awe. I think I was about ten or so when I decided one night to lay down on my back on the floor and look up through the branches of the tree at all of the lights. I probably only sat there for a minute or two, but it had enough effect on me that a 'tradition' was born that night. Since then, every tree, in every house and apartment I have lived in, I would carry on this idea. Once the tree was full of decor and before the floor beneath had an unnavigable pile of painstakingly wrapped presents I find myself, even into my forties, crawling down onto my back to look up into the tree.
So, you could not imagine how overjoyed I was to find the perfect little tree at Pasha's Christmas Village, see the photos above. It literally brought a tear to my eye to know that, this year, in my new home in the GCG, I would be able to carry on my RealLife tradition into the virtual world. I'm still looking for one of those pose balls so I can lay Winter down on his back under the tree (preferably with a pillow because he's getting older) but I'm almost there, at least I can cam it for now.
May this holiday season be filled with fond memories and special holiday traditions,
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