Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge

I Love You to the Moon & Back, Too!
Dreams of Sugar Plum Faeries Dancing
Love From a Summerhouse in Britain
Love From Kansas Fields of Sunflowers
A Proper Tree Topper in the Office
What's topping my tree is nothing.

That fact makes it a tad difficult to join in with all the merry-making tree-toppers around the globe, but I'm a writer. I'll make the connection. I also love dogs and this tree-topping post is to support Hugh's great cause for the Dog Trust Charity. Hugh is great, too and gets bloggers topping trees in photos each year. Learn more at his blog, Hugh's Views and News.

Many marvelous ornaments hang from my bare-topper tree. (Hugh actually has a bear-topper tree, which is slightly different). A few my children made Christmases long ago. A Santa in his sled had an accident of sorts during the night and he lost his red wagon and both boots. Luckily, I have a 15-year-old staying with us and she's a whiz at Super Glue.

My tree is taking on an international flare. Two years ago, a tiger from India joined the Sugar Plum Fairy and watchful Nutcracker. This year a special post from a special Summerhouse arrived on Elmira Pond bearing British love in an ornament. Next, two new ornaments arrived from distant Kansas, professing love that is both as cheerful as a Kansas sunflower and out of this world.

It's not what tops the tree, but the ornaments that hang with memories of loved ones.

Yet, upstairs in my office is a perfectly topped wire tree strung with lights. Beneath the star a drama unfolds. A fly and a spider stand off in the light of colorful electric bulbs. Life, and death, does not pause for Christmas. But the promise of Christmas, a baby in a manger come to save humankind, lifts us above the spider-eats-fly world we live in.

May your tree be topped with what matters most -- love. From this, all else hangs like the ornaments we adore.

Merry Christmas!


  1. How lovely to share your bare-topped tree and your gorgeous ornaments. I love your top photo - "I love you to the moon and back". A friend sent me the same message on a key ring for Christmas. This is one of my favourite books. I hope your Christmas was topped with love. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures with your house guest. That she is a whiz with superglue doesn't go unnoticed. I'm sure she'll be helping you hold it together over the festive season. Enjoy!

    1. That's one of my favorite books, too Norah! We've certainly enjoyed having Ryleigh around, though I'm sure she'll be grateful to return to other 15-year-olds! Thanks! You enjoy the season, too!