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How Does Your Tree Shape Up?

How Does Your Tree Shape Up?

December 08, 2020
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Are you familiar with the term “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?”

When my three girls, were elementary school age, they asked me if we could have a “REAL” Christmas tree for the holidays instead of a “FAKE” one. Being the ever-supportive Dad, I said “Why would you want to do that? Our ‘FAKE’ tree is beautiful, easy to set up and perfectly shaped.”

That not being the answer they were looking for… off we go to the Christmas Tree farm. Sounds like fun, right?

Yup, as it turned out, it was fun!

A beautiful 12-foot tree was purchased. We all enjoyed the hayrides, hot chocolate, and Christmas carols. The perfect family outing, until…

It’s getting colder and the family retreats to the warm confines of the house leaving Dad to put the live tree in the newly purchased tree stand. Sounds easy, right?


Have you ever noticed that with a live tree, the branches are not always perfectly spaced and shaped where it will easily fit into the tree stand?

“Has anybody seen my hand saw?”

By now, I’m sure you’ve guessed what happens next…I’m trimming the tree. Sawing a branch here on this side and on the other side, then I put the tree into the tree stand.  I stand back and look…the tree is leaning to one side.

So, I try again.

After what seemed like FOREVER, I finally get the tree trimmed, perfectly fitted into the tree stand and not leaning.

Mission accomplished!

I go inside, call the family to come outside to see this beautiful tree that will proudly represent our family over the Christmas Season. As they reached the tree, the laughter began, and not just ha, ha, ha or giggles. I’m talking about tears rolling down your face kind of laughter.

I asked, “what’s so funny?”

“Here is your live tree. All shaped up and sitting perfectly straight into the tree stand… all THREE feet of it!” 😊

Unfortunately, my “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” did not pass the approval test. As it turned out…the “FAKE” tree worked perfectly… and has ever since.

On behalf of our Horizons Financial Family, we wish you and yours, a very special Merry Christmas and a perfectly shaped Christmas Tree.

God Bless!

Until next time…

Stay Safe and Be Well.


Jim Nix and the Horizons Financial Family