After a weekend of grasping at anything for comfort and cheer, I am especially grateful for the communal sprit in Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. A huge pink truck rolls up to Mr. Willowby’s mansion with the greenest and most gigantic tree he has ever seen. The tree is so full and fresh that it brushes his ceiling, so he snaps off the top and gifts it to the maid. And when the smaller tree is still too tall for the maid’s cozy spot, she too snips off the top and it finds a new home to trim.
As the tree becomes tinier, it fills the homes and hearts of even tinier families. This updated version is still a classic, but if you can get your hands on an original 1963 version, you will be treated to the most gorgeous black ink illustrations with green washes.
This tale is entirely enchanting, and a bittersweet reminder this particular year of the infectious love that comes with being good and kind to one another. Whatever you are celebrating this month, I hope your homes are bright and full of life and love.