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What became of Christmas
By Matthew S Ulmen
Saturday, July 13, 2002

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~Same day, different year.~

These were the thoughts of the Norman's christmas tree. Granted it was a platstic tree but it still had some personality to it. Like the fact that halfway down one of its branches never quite fit into the hole made for it, and it listed just a bit to the left.

~I wonder how long I'll have to wait this year? This has got to be the worst place for a tree...~

The Norman's you see didn't think much of Christmas. To them it was "Just another day". The kids had another day off from school to play and sled and yell at each other. The parents had another day to sit and watch tv and surf the web and try to tune out the shouts of the kids. And the poor tree sat waiting till the kids calmed down and the parents ran out of things for them to do before they made it to the presents.

~Well at least this year they took a little more time decorating me. They even put me by the window so I can see the cars go by. Not that today many have, but it is fun to watch kids make snowmen and tumble about.~

The Norman's kids at that point came in and cornered their reluctant parents into letting them see what was under the tree.

Kristy ended up with a couple of nice dolls, a new watch, a cd and poster.
Micheal ended up with a remote sports car, several trading cards and some sneekers.
Now is what the parents dreaded...the fighting over toys....
Micheal wanted this and was angry he didnt get that...Kristy was upset that Her doll didnt move like it did in the tv ad and her cd didn't have all the songs she liked.
All the while the parents tried to calm the kids down before finally giving up and sending them to their rooms.

The tree for its part stood looking out to the street and heard some christmas singers going around...

For just a instant the trees lights glowed a little brighter remembering that it isn't money or status that makes christmas. It's the fact that you are trying to suprise someone with something you think they will like in the hopes of seeing a smile. It's the one time of year people go out of their way to spend money for people other than themselves...

~Now~ the tree thought, ~if they could just learn to enjoy it.~

The next day the tree was quickly put away and put in a corner in the basement to await the "same old" christmas chinanagins, but now the tree had the singers song in him and who knows...if he held onto it he maybe able to pass that feeling onto the Norman's. Maybe next year wont be "just another day", but actually a christams for all of them.

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