One thing that I love
about living in a small town
is that I can buy my Christmas tree
at our local gas station
knowing that the trees come
from not too far away.
This love for shopping local is enough.
After all, who gets to buy a Christmas tree at a gas station?
Then there comes the sweet surprise
when the owner asks
“Can we drop it off at your house?”
Every year they send
a beautiful Christmas wreath
to hang over the church door
and now, just as we were about to toss
the tree onto our car
or stick it in the trunk
and brave the ride home
comes that small gracious question
“Can we bring it to you?”
They know where we live.