This year marks the first time I’ll hold Thanksgiving at my house, which is somewhat daunting. My maternal grandparents always used to host until that side of the family grew so much that we couldn’t fit in two rooms of their house. For the past decade, my uncle has had the whole clan over to his house for the holiday. This year, we’re having a day-after-Thanksgiving feast at my house, which is the most central location to a family whose members span three states.
For now, my dilemma is decorating (we’ll worry about the food later on!); do I use fall decor or do I go tree shopping now? I’m leaning toward the tree, since my aunt generally has hers up at this gathering and we have way more Christmas decorations than fall ones. As I was thinking about Christmas trees, The Divine Pine by Tracy M. Novembre caught my eye.
The book opens with a woman excited to buy her Christmas tree and decorate for the holiday. However, a blizzard warning chases her home before she completes her purchase. At home, she snuggles into her warm living room until she starts hearing knocks on the door. Each knock is a different animal family asking for shelter in the huge pine tree in the woman’s front yard, and each time the woman welcomes them.
Before long, bluebirds and cardinals, raccoons and deer are taking shelter in and under the tree, transforming the once monochromatic tree into a multi-colored wonder. Though the woman does not get to decorate her Christmas tree, she does get to enjoy a beautiful sight.
The message of the book is the message of Christmas: giving unto others is its own reward. The woman feels good about herself for helping shelter the animals from the storm, so much so that the beautiful, colorful pine tree in her front yard is just icing on the cake. I love this message and can’t find enough books that share it!
For it’s beautiful message, The Divine Pine deserves four snacks: