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Thursday, December 3, 2020

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How Lovely are Thy Branches!

This time of year, many of us will go to Christmas tree farms to cut down an evergreen tree and bring it into our house to decorate for Christmas. Whether you do that or not, I’ve found that the more fun thing for me to do this time of year is to wander through an evergreen forest. 

There’s something healing and restorative about spending time in an evergreen forest; it’s the warm embrace of a thick stand of balsam fir or Eastern hemlock trees; it’s the citrusy aroma of evergreen needles. It’s almost magical. In those moments there’s nothing more real. Our evergreen trees, which, earlier in the year blended with the foliage of oaks and maples, now stand out as a vibrant pop of life in the midst of what may seem an otherwise dreary landscape. Go for a walk in an evergreen forest this week; you may find it’s just what you needed to release the stress you’ve been dealing with in response to the pandemic.


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