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 full-time professional artist (painting moments of everyday radiance in oil on canvas), a photographer, fabric designer and published writer with several blogs, on various topics, to her name. Light on Art is her art-related blog sharing recent artworks and inspiration.Living Your Whole Life is a health and lifestyle blog sharing all the many highlights of learning how to transform your health and wellbeing (spiralling out of ten years recovering from fibromyalgia). Spinning the Light is a very broad-based platform of self-discovery where she explores the everyday alchemy that is available to all beings just as soon as they open up to life's fullest potential.Helen White Photography is a portal for sharing her Fine Art photographs which are available as Limited Edition prints.
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4 Responses to The magical other-world of the Christmas tree

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  2. clayer says:

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