Christmas has always been a special holiday for me and is full of pleasant memories from my childhood. When I was young, my family lived on a farm. So a few weeks before Christmas, my father, my brother and I would go out to the woods and cut down a small pine tree to use as our Christmas tree. I can still remember walking the woods with my father, taking our time, carefully choosing the nicest tree, cutting it down and bringing it back to the house. Also I remember the wonderful smell of the pine tree filling the house. Decorating the tree was also a family event. We spent hours putting lights and decorations on the tree, before finally placing the angel on top and a small nativity scene under the tree. And of course, my mother would have fresh baked cookies for us to eat and eggnog to drink as we worked. The Christmas tree is at the center of my best memories of the season because to me it is a reminder of those enjoyable times with family. Since I now live in Japan with my wife and children, it is impractical to have a fresh cut tree in our home, but we still have made decorating the tree an annual family event. In this way, I hope that I can pass along the traditions and pleasant memories of Christmas to my children.
教授 チャールズ ヒューベンソール
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