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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

December 13, 2013


It was a pretty simple task: Go to the Christmas Tree farm, cut down a tree and bring it home.

Time has been a wasting, and it was now but two weeks before Christmas. Usually we are on top of this assignment, but some winter storms and scheduling problems caused the delays.

No matter. We were set to go.

That morning, I was listening to Pandora, and I had on my Christmas Music station. Christmas music is such an eclectic mix of eras and artists that it defies any description other than “eclectic.”

Case in point, I was listening to the Ronettes Christmas Album (The Ronettes! Who knew they would have recorded a Christmas Album many years ago.). Their rendition of “Sleigh Ride” seemed to set the tone for the day. And immediately after them was Vaughn Monroe singing “Let It Snow.” I can’t imagine any other time in musical history when a Ronnettes song would have been followed by Vaughn Monroe. As surreal as it was, it worked and my day began.

So, here is my Christmas Tree Buying Tip for this year. Go around mid-week. Go when the temperature is the lowest of the year. Go for the White Pine. The owner said they were down around the north corner of the field, and there they were. For some reason, the first White Pine we saw, we said, “This looks fine.” But we walked to the end of the row and through a few more rows before returning. (All of 7 extra minutes!)

Indeed, that was our tree. I took the saw, cut it down, wheeled it to the owner who tied it up. We tossed it in the Jeep and were on our way.

No hot chocolate. No traffic. No snow. Just us, the White Pine, the Ronettes and Vaughn Monroe.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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