The Snow Tree: A Photo Gallery

Updated on February 3, 2017
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Brian Gray obtained his degree in Language from Lee University and has been a published author and professional writer since 1985.

The Child In All Of Us

It was late on a cold, snowy night in February. I was on my way home through the slushy country roads of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when much to my childish delight, I noticed a tree along the way that had been decorated for Christmas, wrapped in wonderfully joyous lights of various colors, and the owners of the house, taking advantage of the light, powdery snow that had fallen, had illuminated their Christmas lights on that tree for all passersby to enjoy. After all, isn’t that a must-be integral part of Christmas decorations...snow? What looks prettier to anyone than throwing back the curtains to see snow outside providing the finishing touch to what we decorated, be it the Christmas tree indoors, or the decorations we so painstakingly placed in the yard. Christmas decorations always touch the child in each of us, hurtling us backward in time to that first memorable Christmas with all of its magic, reawakening something joyous that we can’t quite completely describe, but it’s always a beautiful feeling. Hot chocolate, a warm glow in a fireplace, colorful Christmas wreaths, some special homemade cookies, happy relatives coming with excited greetings, smiles and laughter, raucous sledding and all the other anticipations that make that time so welcome in our hearts and minds, all of these corners of our minds are greeted with a cheery, “Hey! Remember?” So, yes, the sight of that decorated tree awoke the child in me, and especially because it was on an otherwise dark night with snow having fallen all day...in February. Those who live in snow climates know that usually by this time of the year, you have had your quota of snow, and you are ready for Spring. People have taken their Christmas decorations down long ago, so February is the last trudge into much anticipated warmer weather and the budding flowers of the next season to come. But this out-of-place moment did take me back, said “Hey! Remember?” The snow fall had been perfect, light, fluffy, and clinging to the branches just enough to make the trees look like a picture postcard of something even Santa would envy. It did not matter that it wasn’t Christmas. The child inside the inhabitants of that house smiled at the snow fall. They smiled at memories of how beautiful things can be when you celebrate life, something inside of them said “Hey! Remember?”….and they wanted to share that joy. They turned on those beautiful lights, and I got to see them, and I got to share in that celebration of life. Now, some people would have glanced over and thought, “Nice.” But not me. No, I pulled in to the convenience store just beyond the house, telling myself that this is one of those moments that you either photograph it now, or forget about it, because it will be gone in the morning. The saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, enjoy the pictures. Hope they say “Hey! Remember?”

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Tree Guy,

        I'd be happy to get in touch with you. Just leave me an email address that you would prefer I use, and I will send you my private contact information.

        Brian

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        Tree Guy 

        2 years ago

        Thanks Brian,

        You mentioned having more photos to share - how can we contact you directly? We'd like to ask you something about your story as well.

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Tree Guy,

        Keep up that wonderful contribution to the world of wonder and merriment. You may never know how many lives you have enriched with your artistry, but the joy keeps on giving.

        Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thanks a million for brightening my world on that beautiful night.

        Brian

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        Tree Guy 

        2 years ago

        Thanks Brian-great to meet you! Thanks for this great story about our tree. We always leave the lights on until it gets warmer and we can remove them-and we light the tree once more for our daughter's birthday in February. We remember this night and when we saw how pretty the tree looked covered in snow-we wondered what the lights would look like under the snow. It was just as you describe. The pictures are great! We're glad the tree brings so much joy! Merry Christmas.

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Damian,

        Glad you enjoyed those photos. I hope you shared them with Mickey.

        Brian

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        Damian 

        2 years ago

        Enjoyable read with a beautiful tree. I have seen trees down here in South Georgia that try to provide the same effect. There is a set of lights that gice the effect of snowing falling off of the tree. It's a great idea and not cold down here to enjoy it.

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        savvydating,

        Glad you enjoyed the photos. Seeing that tree was one of those "have to share" moments for me, so I am always happy when somebody else agrees that it was magical.

        Father Frank is one of those gifts from God. If you see him, tell him I said so. We need more Father Franks bringing the true meaning of Christianity into the world...love, lots of it.

        Brian

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        Yves 

        2 years ago

        Oh, how perfect! A stunning outdoor Christmas tree in February. The inside of me is clapping her hands in delight! How wonderful of the owners of that home to share their spirit of goodwill with all the passersby. I love it.

        In a way, this brings to mind something I saw yesterday----a priest standing on the corner of 4th & Copper (downtown) with a table and a pot of ashes for Ash Wednesday. I asked him what he was doing and he replied, "I am here for those who can't make it to church today." Somehow it warmed my heart. I felt happy all day. I later discovered that Father Frank stands in solidarity with the homeless, having slept in Tent City, where he gets up the next day to make breakfast for the poor. He is also a defender of the LBGT community and all of those who have been marginalized, for that matter.

        Anyhoo.... I digress a little, but I am sure you get the gist of my little story. People with great spirits make us feel happier; they lift us up---like the beautiful lighted tree. Absolutely loved the pictures, by the way.

        Here is Father Frank:

        http://blessedoscarromerocatholiccommunity.org/tes...

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        always exploring,

        Thanks for that comment. The tree was just too beautiful not to share the scene.

        Brian

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Oztinato,

        You got it.

        Brian

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years ago from Southern Illinois

        You captured the beautiful tree perfectly! Thank you for sharing.

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        Andrew Petrou 

        2 years ago from Brisbane

        Sure is beautiful.

        Tree supplied by God. Electricity supplied by God. Colour created by God. Snow given by God. Man's mind caused by God.

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        Brian Gray 

        2 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Jodah,

        Thank you for that kind comment. It was one of those moments when I had to ask myself if something was so good, that I just had to capture it on film...and the answer was "Yes! Park the car and get out there now...before they turn those lights off!" Giggling, but I really did give it a moment and then made a turn into the the parking lot of the store next door, turned off the engine, got out and took my time getting some nice photos for everyone to enjoy. It's one thing to tell people that you saw a beautiful tree, but it sure helps when you can say, "See?"

        I'm glad that you enjoyed this one.

        Brian

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        John Hansen 

        2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Brian that tree looks absolutely stunning covered in snow and lights. I can see how it was one of those moments that you had to capture. It would have been unexpected as it was somewhat out of season. Thank you for sharing.

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