It’s the New Year and the Sky is Falling… or is it?

Dear Reader:

Had an unsolved mystery Saturday … when I thought my roof had gotten hit by a large branch or the sky was falling. Help Henny Penny!

I heard a loud thump ( or thud) and ran outside into the front yard… but nothing? I scurried around the house-checking hedges also…to see if a branch had rolled off the roof … again…nada. What?

I started back in the house still puzzled by that loud thump. After writing the post… I laid down on the sofa, napping, when from off in a distance … softer thumps -sounded. If it were reindeer on the roof/someone had gotten lost… certainly delayed!

I went to pull myself up when my foot hit something hard and squishy at the same time. Mystery solved!

It was the apple tree… It took me a moment to realize what had happened… on my way to climb up the steps to the dining room and check the centerpiece… there was the second ” culprit” apple lodged on one step!!

Another fell just as I looked at the centerpiece… the apple tree had lasted through Christmas but was now ready to say good-bye! ( It is amazing how loud those apples were hitting the wooden floors, rolling down the steps and under my sofa!)

I mercifully put the falling centerpiece out of its misery… the scent of spoiling apples made the den smell like a cider house! Even with my olfactory lack of full smell and taste due to years of chemo injections, infusions, and now daily tablets… the acrid tart smell was pervasive.

Withering up… but oh how pretty it was…

It drew my interest to learn more about the original significance of apples to the Christmas holiday. Here is what I learned…” Original Christmas tree ornaments used to be apples-to tell the story of Adam and Eve forced out of Paradise … and to speak about the temptations of the world after the original sin.

Apples were placed on pine trees and later white candles added but because ( before battery operated candles) they sometimes fell and burnt the trees or the heat from the candle light rotted the apples … they began to lose popularity.

They were replaced by handcrafted red glass balls and even today red Christmas ball ornaments are the most popular!

Red evokes love and kindness.

So until tomorrow… We must remember that love grows exponentially… like magic. And even though I was able to only get the last spoonful of ” Hoppin’ John’s’ yesterday at the Piggly Wiggly deli-I have no doubt it will not only bring luck this year to me but spread to others!!!

I replaced the Apple Tree with Lisa’s Hollow Tree nursery wreath that is just as green as the day it arrived! I believe these two centerpieces did so well because of the loving generosity of their benefactors-Honey and Lisa!

Still loving ya my Tigers… can hardly wait to next season, ( And what about the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl!!! Mind-boggling! ) Talk about entertainment!!! WOW!!!
Oh… it is going to be so hard to take down my Christmas tree…how I LOVE turning off all the lights except for my reading lamp and Christmas tree lights… the scene just oozes comfort and joy!!!!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to It’s the New Year and the Sky is Falling… or is it?

  1. Rikke Hvidt Larsen says:

    Merry Christmas to you, dear Becky
    This is the Danish style of the Christmas tree. Decorated with red (and many other colors) balls, paper hearts, angels and flags.
    Lot of love from the Danes 🎄♥️

    (Thought I could attach a photo in the comment. I’ll post the tree in a message on Messenger) 😘

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