Christmas Tree

© Illustration by Lois Lenski from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

The tree was a feathery hemlock and smelled deliciously when Betsy and Margaret visited it in the woodshed. On Christmas Eve it was brought indoors. It was set up in a corner of the dining room and a star was fixed on its crest. Strings of popcorn and cranberries were woven through its branches that were hung with colored balls. (Quote from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace)

The Ray house by this time was almost bursting with Christmas. Holly wreaths were up in all the windows. Mr. Ray had brought home candy canes; Washington had a red and green bow on his collar. And everyone had been warned by everyone else not to look in this or that drawer, or this or that closet. (Quote from Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace)

Mr. Ray brought home holly wreaths, which were put up in the windows. He brought home mistletoe, and candy canes. A Christmas tree waited on the chill back porch, sending out whiff of aromatic fragrance whenever the door was opened. (Quote from Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace)