Years later, after my divorce, my daughter and I were getting ready to put up the most pathetic fake tree you ever saw in your life. It was just the two of us in a new and strange apartment. A far cry from the house we'd lived in as a family for 17 years.
Tradition was still tradition though so I put the cassette in the stereo and this song started playing. We looked at each other and tears started running down our cheeks while we stood in the middle of the living room hugging and crying.
I think it was her idea to call her brothers. And they came. One with his wife, the other with his not-quite-yet wife. I popped popcorn to string. We also made garland strings of Froot Loops cereal. (Don't laugh.. it's pretty.) We decorated that fake Charlie Brown tree and for that one night at least.. things were good and right.
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