The Magical Allure of Balsam


I am still thanking Pedro, even days later and probably will until the tree comes down.  After all, that delicious smell of a fresh Christmas tree greets me every morning when I get my coffee and immediately, it puts a smile on my face!  For me, that balsam smell is associated with the thrill and child-like anticipation that comes during the Christmas season, most specifically for me on Christmas morn.  Even as a parent, there is a thrill of anticipation upon waking Christmas morning!  It’s that joy of giving.  That joy of family and love that permeates every moment.  It’s just being grateful for all of the blessings in our lives.  It’s the magic in the spirit of Christmas!

I’m grateful for being here every day, but especially upon waking on Christmas morning with my children.  It’s innate within me.  I am like a child, fully excited when it comes to Christmas.  I’ve always been this way, ever since I was little.

The smell of a fresh tree immediately brings me back to being a little girl, waking up on Christmas morning and seeing those presents under the tree.  If I sit quietly, I can easily remember that joyful feeling along with the thrill and magic of how Santa brought us presents while we were sleeping.  It wasn’t ever a lot of presents, but just the right amount.  It was in the excitement of anticipation of what’s inside the prettily decorated wrappings that charged me up!  It was also, as I got older, the happy anticipation of giving special presents to those whom I loved.  Finding that special trinket or sweater or special toy that couldn’t be found anywhere and delivering it to my loved ones with joy for knowing that they would be happy!

Christmas is about family being together on Christmas morning.  Waking up, sleepy with joyful anticipation for what Santa (ahem Mom) brought and what thoughtful gifts each of us in turn have gotten each other.  It doesn’t have to be a big deal.  It’s about giving the Presents of Presence to each other.  Being there, in that priceless moment of glee that’s filled with love and family.

What about you?  Does the smell of a fresh cut tree bring back memories of childhood Christmases and the anticipation of presents magically appearing under the tree for you too?

Shine On!



4 thoughts on “The Magical Allure of Balsam

  1. I think Christmas leaves one of the biggest imprints on us as children, the one thing that holds so many emotions, and even on into adulthood even though we have left many other things behind.
    Plus it does another thing, it reduces our fear of connecting and ‘opens’ us to smiles, hugs and much enjoyment, to leave the world behind even if just for a little while ❤ 😀
    Many blessings for Christmas Yvonne, and a virtual apple for the horses as well 😀 ❤

    • Oh Mark! Please I hope you will read today’s post about Sam! The healing apple was for me as an early Christmas morning gift! Woo hoo! Thank you! ♥ Many blessings for Christmas for you as well Mark! ♥

  2. The biggest sense memories I have of Christmas are aural. Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…), Sing Along with Mitch (Miller)… and Mr. C belting them out like he was Bing Crosby at Holiday Inn.

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