Wordless Wednesday…It’s Not About the Size

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Wordless Wednesday…It’s Not About the Size


Do you remember the first Christmas tree you bought?  It seems that with each year and each new home our tree got bigger and bigger. 


I’ll always remember, though, the first Christmas tree Larry and I had…I didn’t have to get on a stool to decorate the top of the tree!  


This tree is at Kickerillo where we walk. I don’t know who decorates it or when it began but it represents what the holidays mean to me. 


My parent’s neighbor gave us two boxes of ornaments and I hand-painted small wooden ornaments I’d found at a craft store. It wasn't that we couldn’t afford to go out and buy decorations for the tree, we wanted to make it our own. I didn’t want to have a tree that looked as if it came out of a showroom.


Christmas isn’t about the size of your tree…it’s about the size of the heart that decorated it. 


Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. 

Calvin Coolidge

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.Roy L. Smith

 What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more! Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Comments (20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. When I was young we lived in a typical Chicago bungalow. The living room dining room combination was not large. A customer of my father dealt in Christmas trees and wanted to give him special one. It was a white flock huge tree my parents hated. The following year my dad got our own tree. Enjoy your day

Nov 30, 2022 04:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin i was never fond of the white flocked trees. Growing up we always had a real tree

Nov 30, 2022 05:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the Dr Seuss quote! We had a live tree growing up, and we would decorate it on Christmas Eve. When we were young, we'd string popcorn and cranberries and hang them on the tree. Nice memories!

Nov 30, 2022 04:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti you had an idyllic childhood!!! I think we strung popcorn once when I was growing up! Only then it was because I’d read about it and wanted to try it

Nov 30, 2022 05:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... the first Christmas tree I could afford was the Christmas after I finished graduate school. It was maybe 3 feet tall. Now I have trees of all sizes. When we were children, my mother would decorate our tree overnight in early December and we'd wake up to a beautiful tree full of sparkling German glass ornaments.

Nov 30, 2022 05:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib to this day, I remember that magical moment of seeing our tree for the first time each Christmas season.

Nov 30, 2022 05:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker  that is a beautiful memory your mother made for you! That must have been a lot of work for her!

Nov 30, 2022 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker i don't think we have that these days. 

Nov 30, 2022 01:57 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I remember buying a Christmas tree when I was a child maybe in third or fourth grade.  It was artificial and small enough to fit on top of my dresser in my room.  I am not sure where I got the ornaments.   If I recall correctly, I rearranged my room so the decorated tree could be seen to passersby.  

Nov 30, 2022 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs  that sounds so sweet!!! You were creative and industrious for a kid!!

Nov 30, 2022 05:25 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Never forget ours, newly married living off base in West Germany.  My German landlord took me out to cut a fresh one. He was a drinker so paid him for his time with a German Beer. At the Gashouse we stopped at several German Polizie came in. I learned cutting a tree without permission, you could be held Libel for all the value that tree could produce.  I noticed a small branch sticking out of my trunk. I held my breath, did not get into trouble. Lesson Learned 

Nov 30, 2022 05:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley oh my gosh! That would have been quite the story had you been caught!!!! Glad you weren’t!

Nov 30, 2022 05:27 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being that I live alone and rarely entertain at my house, I don't even put up any decorations, including a tree, haha.  Not bah humbug at all, just lazy.

Nov 30, 2022 05:19 AM
Brian England

Wow, that was really nice of you to say Kathy Streib, thank you!  I will go with it, haha.

Nov 30, 2022 05:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England you’re not lazy-just practical!

Nov 30, 2022 05:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

We always put up a real tree growing up and continued the practice when my kids were little. Now in our weather real ones can dry out quickly so we moved to pre-lite trees. I just got a new one for this year with 1,800 lights with a remote and I love it!

Nov 30, 2022 06:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX when our dog went blind, we could no longer have a tall tree, so we opted for a 4 foot table top tree and have stayed with it. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:01 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We have three trees at my house. The big one, the medium sports tree, and the small vintage tree. It is insane.

Nov 30, 2022 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I love it!!! However, I would like it even better if I did not have to take it down and put it all away. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:02 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Our friends are going to be away and won't be back until Christmas Day, but even though they won't be home, their tree is already sparkling its light by their front window!

Nov 30, 2022 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400That's nice and I'm sure those who drive by enjoy it. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your selection of quotes. Have an outstanding week and enjoy the holiday season.

Nov 30, 2022 08:12 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Thank you and I hope that you're feeling better. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:03 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and always love your quotes that you add to your blogs.  Make it a great day!


Nov 30, 2022 09:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will Hamm Thank you. And do happy that you enjoy the quotes. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:04 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Not only do I remember our first tree...I have a photo of it. Our first tree as a married couple in our own apartment.


Nov 30, 2022 09:48 AM
Kathy Streib

wow Sharon Tara now i want to go through our old photos to see if I can find one of ours. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:05 PM
Sharon Tara

Kathy Streib  YES Please!


Nov 30, 2022 07:18 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Christmas isn’t about the size of your tree…it’s about the size of the heart that decorated it-- very true sentiment and a lovely collection of Christmas quotes!

Nov 30, 2022 10:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe Thank you!!! It truly is about our hearts!!!

Nov 30, 2022 02:05 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

I can't exactly recall my first tree, but I do recall one of my 12th trees. You see, I got a normal tree (7 foot tall) and I also got a 8 inch living tree. Within a year, a beloved pet bird died and so we buried her in my parents backyard and planted the living tree on top of her. The tree grew for many years and my dad even sculpted it like a large scale bonsai. I remember that tree well.

Nov 30, 2022 11:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Rocky Dickerson that's amazing!!! And, what a loving thing for you and your family to do. Is that tree still around??

Nov 30, 2022 02:08 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Our Christmas trees kept getting bigger as well.  In fact, I might have been influenced to buy a home with very tall ceilings in our last California house just to accommodate a huge tree! 

We have had a real tree for most of our 50 years together. However, this year we got a Balsam Hill tree.  It is only 4.5 feet tall!  It is on a coffee table. It is up, and Rick can put the tree Angel on without a ladder.  I will have leftover ornaments this year.  I do agree that the spirit of Christmas is about the size of the heart that decorates it. 

Nov 30, 2022 12:53 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® we've had a table top since our Brittany went blind and couldn't have the tree on the floor. I love it because it's easy to do. 

Nov 30, 2022 02:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy when my two boys were growing up we would put up a fairly good size tree, but now with just my wife and I, we put up a table top size tree just to kind of have a little of the holiday feeling.

Nov 30, 2022 01:38 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto My 4 foot tree has lights on it and decorations and at the end of the holiday season, I carry the tree upstairs and put it in a closet. So easy!

Nov 30, 2022 02:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy we had small as well as large Christmas trees, over the decades.... once we got cats we stopped having traditional Christmas trees, now we have horizontal ones and the cat can just stare at them:)Endre

Nov 30, 2022 10:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

My tree is small this year.  It's a 2 foot Rosemary tree.  It was easy to decorate, and smells so nice.

Nov 30, 2022 11:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy trying to find Christmas in a store.....what a concept. And I know that's where some folks are and teach their kids that as well.  To me and Gary, Christmas is in our Hearts. For me it's always special, more special than most others I imagine,  as I was born on Christmas Eve!

We've had big trees and small trees and more trees and less trees! Whatever in the mood for each year is how it goes for us.  And it's all so beautiful and full of Christmas spirit. And one year my niece was living with us and she asked if she could decorate 5 or 6 trees.....of course you can!  We had purple trees, polka dot tree, you name it and it was a forest of beauty that year!  Wish I could find pictures of that year!

Dec 01, 2022 09:53 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Christmas isn’t about the size of your tree…it’s about the size of the heart that decorated it. This is so true thanks for sharing.

Dec 01, 2022 02:12 PM