The spirit of Christmas 2020, as unusual as it was, still lingers in my heart. For the first time since I moved into my Long Island home, I did not place a Christmas tree in my living room. We closed on the house in Virginia during Christmas week so instead of an in-house tree, my small outdoor trees and the front porch were decorated for the season. In addition, we enjoyed the beauty of the magnificent Nassau County Christmas tree. But the smell of Christmas trees continued to make me pine for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Wish I'd Been There
While pining for a whiff of an evergreen tree with its fragrant, balsamy smell, I came across the Poetry Sisters challenge for the last month of 2020. I remembered that I wanted to write a blog post on the theme, "Wish I'd Been There". Since there was no time in December, I decided to add it now after researching a special time in history. I turn back the clock to 1931 when the first New York City tree was "decorated with handmade garlands made from the tinfoil ends of blasting caps used in the excavation" of the site.
In 1933, Rockefeller Center held the first lighting of the tree and made it an annual tradition.
back in time.
Smell of pine wafting
through city air. Men
No social distancing,
nor masks needed.
backdrop for tree
lacking festive lights.
Handshakes set the stage.
Holiday phenomenon born.
For decades, my family hopped in our car and drove to New York City to be inspired by the Rockefeller Center tree. With a nostalgic wish for those days to return, I bring back the memories in verse. Virtual is the only way to do so since New York City still stings from a deadly pandemic.
Rockefeller Center's tree
proudly stands illuminated
in festive gold. Brilliant star topper,
accenting a glistening, holiday legend.
Voices from winged angels announce peace.
Wonders never cease, even in the most unusual of times.
🌲 Happy New Year to All!🌲
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