A Christmas Tree Skirt is a pretty good X-mas Present
How can you not love the Christmas holiday season. I have loved this season since I was a young child and never stopped because my
mother went all out to make this a special time for our family. She would bake the most delicious deserts and cook her X-mas
special meals. We did not have extra money to spend on the holidays, but mom would save money throughout the year to use for this holiday. She
also made extra holiday money by making and selling beautiful holiday crafts. She made christmas tree ornaments, Christmas stockings and center pieces. Her most money she ever made on one item was
the sale of a Christmas tree skirt. She had made this for our family’s tree, but the bankers wife saw it and insisted on buying it. She offered
mom four times what it had cost in materials, so mom sold it to her.
Each time I see a Christmas tree skirt I think back to that Christmas. We each received an extra gift that year. I remember that I received a
watch and my sister received a stuffed bunny rabbit. My brother was given a baseball glove. My mom was excited about being able to give us
each something extra special, but she was disappointed that her beautiful Christmas tree skirt was not under our tree. She had put a great deal
of time into making the skirt. It was appliquéd and also had sequins and beads sewn on it. My mom has always been a very giving person and I felt
bad that there was nothing extra under the tree for her that year. I talked to my dad about this and he agreed that we should get something extra
special for mom for her birthday. Mom’s birthday is four days after Christmas. Dad took us kids shopping the day after Christmas. He is not a
shopper, so for him to make the effort to be out in the crowds was special in itself. We found a Christmas tree skirt at one of the upscale
department stores. The skirt was beautiful. Being it was the day after Christmas it was on sale for half price. It was still very expensive, but
dad agreed that it would be perfect for mom. The store wrapped it in beautiful pink flowered paper with cloth ribbons. We were all very excited
to give it to mom. Dad decided that he would take mom out for dinner on the night of her birthday and that we would have cake and ice cream when
they returned home.
We were more excited about mom opening her present than we had been to open our Christmas gifts. Mom was surprised when they returned home and
she saw the birthday cake that we had baked and decorated for her. I remember her admiring the beautiful ribbons of her present before
opening it. She loved the Christmas tree skirt and cried when she opened her Unique Christmas
gift. That was the Christmas season I learned that it is truly better to give presents than to receive them.