It’s a store-bought plastic tree

Old now, been in use for years

Branches askew, from a cat climbing through

But still, it is right for what I need

Put together, spread out the fake branches, just so

Tinsel next, wound round and around

Then each decoration comes out of its wrapping

(chosen over many years, one by one)

And placed with care in just the right spot

Star at the top to end the process

Icing on the cake, so to speak

Christmas tree shines for the season of goodwill

Lights glint off silver and glass

On each branch hangs a memory or a message

Peace, love, hope and joy

Christ is born! Alleluia!

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