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  • THE BLACK CHRISTMAS TREE

    Last year my son went to the UK to his his masters in Law. He came back during the Christmas holidays. He said that he had bought an Xmas tree . I had expected a colourful tree resplendent with trinkets and baubles. What emerged from the suitcase was a pure black gothic-looking apology of a tree. My husband and I laughed at the sight but the son was not amused.

    Son: What's so funny?

    Me: It's black. Why on earth did you buy a black one?

    Son: It looked good. What's wrong with it?

    Me: Xmas trees are usually green. I've never seen a black one.

    Son: That's so mean....instead of being thankful....

    Me: But black?
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    Anyway we decided to decorate it with beads and baubles and put cotton wool on the branches. And what do you know – it actually looked quite pretty.

    A few days after the New Year I packed it away and forgot all about it. A few days ago I was looking for something and found the tree, all wrapped and bound in a plastic bag. I was thrilled and sent a message to my son who was out with his friends.

    Me: found the black Xmas tree. And happy about it.

    Son: (smile) How much fun you made of it last year....remember?

    Me: (smiley with tongue sticking out) yes. Just had a liquer chocolate to celebrate – so am on a high!

    Son: hahahaha. (another emoticon denoting surprise) Mommie, hahahaha.

    Me: (emoticon with a huge grin) Cant actually ROTFL cos I'm walking to the office right now!

    Son: LOL
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    Photograph: The little black Xmas tree.
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