Two- Foot Christmas Tree
by Jamie Edson Opielski
He wondered around the store looking at
Christmas trees and checking the prices, all were
too expensive- even the tiniest one.
Disappointed he walked home wandering the streets,
he just had to find a tree for his family.
He pictured the look in his children's eyes as
they watched the lights flash one by one- they
would be so excited and it's already Christmas Eve.
The presents that he bought, they'd each get one.
One day he thought, I'll give them ten presents a
piece, maybe more, one day.
He passed by several streets until he came
to an alley that stopped his feet, as he got a
closer look he saw a little two- foot Christmas
tree. Picking it up he thought of what a little ole
thing it was, but a tear welled in his eye as he
thought of the joy it would bring. "It's perfect,"
he said aloud as he brushed the snow off the limbs
and looked down and noticed strands of lights, old
ornaments and other decorations no longer wanted.
An elderly man watched from high above in
his two- story house, and felt a world of
compassion as he saw tears fall down the mans face
and the smile he bared was that of happiness and
sadness too. The elderly man wondered why anyone
would want such old thrown out things and continued
to watch the happiness his old things were
bringing. He walked down stairs and waited outside,
he didn't want the man to see him so he hid on the
side. He heard the man say "thank you, who ever you
are for letting go of such precious things. My
children will be so happy, I can't get them many
things. But this little tree will be the first
Christmas tree they've ever had, and maybe one
day I can repay you- but right now thanks is all I
The man passed by wiping away his tears, he
needed to get home and share the treasures of old
years. The elderly man followed distantly behind,
he wanted to see where he lived and what kind of
life he's led. The neighborhood was poor, mostly
small houses and off to the side was the smallest
of them all. The man walked up the broken sidewalk
and into his house, only a dim light was lit as his
wife waited up. The kids were already in bed,
though it was only eight- thirty. Tomorrow was
Christmas and they vowed to get up early.
Outside the elderly man watched the couple
put the tree on a table and decorate the little
thing with love and hope. His heart was aching at
the picture he saw of four young kids that hung on
the wall, but warmed up quickly when he thought of
something he could do. The elderly man walked away
and thought of all the other people in the world,
who don't have much and wish for things they can't
afford. He went inside and told his wife of what
happened and they both insisted that they needed to
The store was busy of last minute shoppers
as they walked aisle to aisle filling up the
basket. Finally they got home and wrapped up the
presents and piled them into two big bags and
loaded them into the car. It was past midnight when
they left and made a short journey to the family's
small house. The house was dark, but made their way
with a couple flashlights into the unlocked shack.
It was clean, but not much filled the room as they
looked around and saw their old little two foot
tree. Sitting underneath were five small presents,
one each for the kids and one for his wife. They
opened the bags and started laying out the
presents, and by the time they were done the small
room was full of surprises. They left quietly and
gently closed the door, but not before turning on a
new set of lights that the two- foot tree bore.
On Christmas morning one by one, they woke
each other up to go see what Santa had brought. As
they pass the kitchen to see if the cookies were
eaten, they found a note of thanks and wonderful
greetings. They hurried to the living room to see a
tree with flashing lights of blue, yellow, red and
green. Their eyes wide with excitement at all the
presents Santa had left them and their old worn out
stockings stuffed full with things.
They ran to their parents to wake them,
"Wake up! Wake up! Santa was here! Can we open our
presents? He left us more than one this year! Santa
was here!" They hurried to the living room in
amazement to see all the presents under the little
two- foot tree. They looked at each other with
tears in their eyes, as their children opened their
many surprises. "Hey mom these are for you, and
look dad you got some too!"
Like children themselves they opened theirs
too and couldn't believe their dreams had come
true. Till alls was left was a little card with an
invitation to Christmas dinner that read 'We'll
pick yall up at two'.
A heart warming ending for the family of
six, who wasn't able to afford Christmas- just a
small toy each and a little two- foot tree found in
the trash down the street. What one family threw
out another family cherished, as it brought so much
joy to the one bedroom palace. Christmas is the
time to give, every family, especially the children
should have Christmas...
Jamie Edson Opielski
Copyright ©2003 Jamie Edson Opielski