Imaginative citizens of Silver Spring, MD have reinvented the Christmas tree. For the second year they have transformed the traditional into the innovative by creating a Christmas tree some describe as “funky.”
This year their tree is built from toys and other found objects. 100%. After Christmas, when it’s taken apart, everything will be donated to a local nonprofit that helps families.
What’s fascinating about their project is that they only use “found objects.” What is a found object? Something that you already have or that you find, not something new that you buy. In a season that has become so grossly commercial, this is inspiring. Why not consider applying the same principle to the rest of our lives? What can we find, not buy, to gift others?
When we have the eyes to see it, we are constantly surrounded by and immersed in the gifts of life! When we know that, realizing we don’t need to acquire anything, just receive what is already being given, then we can also develop a strategic eye for what others need and make the connections. Getting into the noticing, receiving, gifting focus eventually turns us into a conscious experience of what we all innately are ourselves: a gift of life.