The days after Thanksgiving passed rather quickly. Christmas was soon approaching and there was the hustle and bustle of activities, shopping, family get-togethers, and parties throughout the holiday season. Eliza loved this time of year. Everyone seemed friendlier and more willing to be of help. There was a spirit of love and generosity that permeated the town of Whispering Pines.
Eliza and Tyler decided on a Saturday that it was time to go hunting for a live Christmas tree. Eliza packed a large thermos of hot cocoa and they took off bundled up in layers upon layers of warm clothing. Though Winter was not until nearly Christmas, it appeared as if Old Man Winter had grown impatient. He was old after all!
They drove along happily chatting and singing along to the radio on their way to the Christmas Tree Farm. It was a lovely place, particularly for families. Santa and Mrs. Claus would be there along with a few reinbeer and elves. Little ones could have their photo taken with Santa and could share with him what they wanted for Christmas. There would be hot cocoa, chili, and hot apple cider to enjoy. Christmas music played throughout the farm. It was a lovely atmosphere.
Tyler and Eliza took their time walking through the farm, enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Tyler spotted a sign pointing in the direction of sleigh rides. He grabbed Eliza's hand and told her to come along with him. Eliza loved horses and would one day love to own one of her own, but for now she would be thrilled to go on a sleigh ride.
They had a lovely time. The country sights were so soothing and comforting to both of their souls. Tyler was surprised that he felt so. He was usually so busy working and doing other things that he didn't have time to notice the nature and beautty around him. So he was particularly wonder-filled and in awe. He felt a new appreciation for the simpler things in life. He pulled Eliza a little closer and breathed in the scent of her hair. He was a lucky man...
After the sleigh ride, they went to find a tree. Eliza was feeling a little tired and Tyler did not want her to overdo. He wanted to get her home so she could rest comfortably. "How 'bout this one?" Tyler asked pointing to a Charlie Brown looking tree. Eliza shook her head no. "This one?" he asked. "Too tall."
"How 'bout this one?" "It's not quite right." Eliza said scanning the trees with her eyes. "How about that one over there?" she said pointing. "It's not too big, nor too small. I think that one will do just fine." she said pleasantly. Tyler got down on one knee and began sawing down their chosen Christmas tree.
Upon their return home, Eliza went to the bedroom to lay down and rest. Tyler got to work putting the Christmas tree in the stand and putting on the lights. When that was completed, he and Jeremiah headed outdoors to string the lights along the porch and put out the lawn ornaments and decorations. It looked like a regular Winter Wonderland - minus the snow.
Jeremiah, a loner and stranger, had fit right into the town of Whispering Pines. Mizz Eliza and Mr. Tyler had been so good to him. They treated him just like family. How he had missed having a family! But soon it would be time for him to move on to the next town. He didn't want to, but that was the Master's plan and he would do whatever the Lord requested of him. He sure was going to miss them though...
Copyright by Tracy Hathcock