The magical other-world of the Christmas tree

Call it the escapist magic of the season but for as long as I can remember, the Christmas tree in our house has seemed like some sort of other dimension in which characterful little souls live in amongst dark green branches lit by fairly lights; after all, where else can you witness a panda in earnest conversation with a snowman, a perturbed-looking fairy in white turned away from a jolly-looking Santa with a look that suggests he’s said something to offend her, her alter-ego in full burlesque garb stifling a yawn in the company of the sun and the moon, a man in a star-costume stage diving into the branches or a frog in evening dress striding out with his lion friend as though off to a festive party.  In fact the entire scene taking place on our tree, this year, resembles one of those Christmas parties that throw all sorts of very, very different people together in the expectation that they will make polite conversation and find something in common to talk about.

As a child, I would always sit at the end of the sofa that was overhung by tree-branches and, far more than watching what our black and white television had to offer, would stare transfixed into the tree-scene to my side, imagining a world that existed in its branches. Probably that’s why, as an adult, I’ve always picked “characters” for my own tree and, with each passing year, and as more and more decorations get added to the family collection, ours increasingly tells a sort of narrative of the little folk that occupy its green and sparkly other-world…

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About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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4 Responses to The magical other-world of the Christmas tree

  1. Pingback: The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg | Four Blue Hills (A repository, of sorts)

  2. clayer says:

    Your photos are amazing! I would definitely like to follow you.

    I am chronicling the year with a photo a day — trying to find the inspiration in everything — every day!

    Would love for you to follow me in my journey too!


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