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KUDOS & KINDNESS: Christmas joy found at hardware store

This has been a difficult year. Although I’ve been going through the motions preparing for Christmas, I just wasn’t feeling it. That changed this morning at Nel’s Tahoe Hardware.

We moved into our home 22 years ago. A jeffrey pine tree grew in the backyard which our daughters always called “The Charlie Brown Tree” because it was crooked and only a few feet tall. The tree never grew but always had bright green pine needles adourning it’s puny little branches. Last year the tree died.

We used the branches to make three small “Charlie Brown Trees” for our girls as keepsakes of their childhood Tahoe home. We cut green garland for the end of each branch, found three red ornaments, and made small “Linus blankets” to wrap around the bases. Now we needed wooden stands like in the Christmas tree lots. That’s where Nel’s comes in.

Barbara greeted me as I entered the store and explained my situation. She took kindling pieces from their woodstove and crossed them into three tree stands. Lucas fastened them together and left a point sticking out for me to fasten each tree onto it’s new base. Barbara handed the stands to me for free. With a wonderful smile she said “Merry Christmas!” And there it was, that holiday feeling of joy, hope and love. There are good people, there are good times ahead, and blessings are everywhere.

The trees are wrapped – waiting to be opened by Jennie, Amy, Melissa and their families. I’m counting my blessings with a lighter heart than I had yesterday.

Happy Holidays! Keep your mind and spirit open to everything around you. There is wonder and goodness everywhere if you look for it and take the time to notice. This year I found it in a hardware store.

Laurie Welton

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