Praising the tree of life: ‘How lovely are thy branches’

  • Photo by Dawn F. Kawahara

    “O Christmas tree …”

The young Norfolk pine tree in its black plastic tub seemed to be awaiting me in the entry of a local shop about five years ago. This would be no Charlie Brown tree, with its perfect shape — almost as perfectly layered even at its 4-foot stage as a kid’s representational drawing of a standard Christmas tree.