This tree branch tale is all about the birds!
Do you have a bird on your Christmas tree? We always had at least 2 birds in the branches of our Christmas tree when I was a child. One was usually a dove. I can recall a red bird. And later, I think there was a bluebird on there as well. Probably others I have simply forgotten.
I thought birds on the Christmas trees probably had some meaning. The white dove, of course, is a traditional symbol for peace. I did a quick Internet search and discovered this page that lists a few Christmas ornament legends.
It talks about glass bird ornaments in the first paragraph (The ones I recall have never been glass but rather ones which simply clip on the tree branches).
Here is a picture of the bird on our tree:
The little bird above always makes me smile. I think of my sister, I think of the old Christmas trees from my childhood, I think of the real birds and my dad feeding them.
I do find myself feeling happiness and joy whether I am looking at the bird ornament on our tree or enjoying the very real birds outside the window. Yesterday a little grouping of Cedar waxwings moving through our area brought me much happiness on a day I was feeling a bit down.
Do you have any bird ornaments on your Christmas tree?