Sometimes simple is perfection. I caught a rapid glimpse of this tree while driving in a convoy (at 80+kph) on our way up to Medellin, Cebu this morning, to do our last distribution with a “Christmas theme” for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. I took note of the kilometer reading and vowed to return for a closer look on our way home. So this post is totally out of sync and should follow a dozen others in the interim, but it is also so darned appropriate after my previous post on Christmas Tree decorating tips… This tree is as close to holiday “perfection” as you will ever get. Perfectly simple. Perfectly shaped. Perfectly environmentally conscious. Simply but beautifully decorated (and yes, it has lights for the evening) and the result of an inspired landholder and local participation.
On the way home, after several exhausting hours in the hot sun distributing in two barangays with 1,000 families, we stopped to take a closer look at the tree (it’s roughly 12 kilometers before Bogo City when driving up from Cebu City) and were all in awe. I have seen Christmas trees all over the world, and have had several favorites, but this one was just amazing, and Mrs. MM, the Teen and I took a minute to really absorb the experience of the past 5 weeks since the massive storm hit, the real meaning of the holiday season, and the amazing bayanihan spirit we have witnessed up close in the recent past. The Christmas tree was made of natural twigs from fallen branches and trees and the decor was made of recycled aluminum foil and other materials…
We had nearly 25 people from our office join us on this trip up North today, and I think EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US got a really inspiring DOSE of Christmas… After a couple of photos, Jun, our trusty inventory assistant, brought out our last sack of children’s goodies and we gave out a few dozen loot bags to kids in the surrounding area. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.