I enjoy an ecumenical household, so when Mary and I married a few months ago it was with anticipation of sharing two celebrations that would bring light into our home near year’s end. But, since it’s not a part of my tradition, I didn’t expect that work, school and appointment schedules would leave cutting a Christmas tree to me.
Our home is an 1847 Greek revival and no doubt has hosted many a holiday evergreen, but since this would be its first Christmas tree in many years, I decided to prepare by visiting the site of the first decorated Christmas tree at Noden-Reed Park in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Some sources say it’s the earliest in Connecticut, others in New England, and still others in the Untied States. Regardless, it’s where a primal Christmas tree of some kind was first observed.