Mariel’s Christmas Tree


I had originally written- off Christmas this year. Of course, I could not get myself to get into the holiday mood because of my present situation. I’ve told you before how it breaks my heart to even hear “Silent Night” played on radio or at the mall. It just reminds me once more how my life is now so utterly incomplete. And that maybe I can never be happy or whole again. How can I even think about being “home for Christmas” when Mariel’s no longer there to make it a joyful reunion for us. For she had simply made it all worthwhile. And now it pains me to even think about “noche buena” and the coming yuletide season. Days are filled with bitterness and lamentations.

But even if it resulted to another Sisyphean ordeal for me, I had decided to put up Mariel’s Christmas tree last night ( you can see a photo of my “valiant” attempt above). Because I knew how much Mariel looked forward to putting up our Christmas decors each year, I had to do this one even as it meant tears again with each “unwrapping”. Because even tiny little colored balls had heaps of memories in them. For I know how Mariel had carefully chosen each one. We had spent countless hours together looking for them at shops in the mall, even though I was not quite totally enthusiastic back then. For you know, we husbands and men often see these things as cheerless chores. Now I know better.

Mariel had planned for the yearly themes. Sometimes it was lilac, sometimes it was blue and silver. Or red and gold. There was even a time it was traditional Russian motif, complete with the onion-shaped golden ornaments. Mariel was a genius at getting our humble abode to look like a perfect “Homes and Gardens” scene. She was very creative and never really spent extravagantly on the project. ( I’ll let you in on her “trade secret’, she actually thought it best to buy some of the Christmas decors in January when they are on “sale” and find imaginative uses for them at the year’s end. Now you know why I loved her so)

I also managed to set up only the Christmas tree on Saturday night. The are many more Christmas “touches” and adornments that I know Mariel would want me to put up from her boxes of goodies. And, I do this wholeheartedly for her. For as long as I can and no matter if I may have to roll that boulder as Sisyphus would forever, I will make sure to have Mariel’s Christmas tree up each year. If only to again serve her memory. If only to get a chance to once more tell her how much I love her.

I love you Mariel. I hope my little decorating “experiment” made you smile tonight.

(I promise that”I’ll be home for Christmas”, for you Mommy)

8 thoughts on “Mariel’s Christmas Tree

  1. Marielsgarden

    Hi Roads,

    You’ve been through this road before and I take comfort in your wisdom. Thank you and all the best.



  2. Linda

    You did it, Bong! It must have been so very hard, the unwrapping of the ornaments, and the memories pouring out. The tree looks beautiful, and I’m sure Sam is very proud of her dad.

  3. marielsgarden

    Thank you Linda. we could have not done it without your support and the many others who have helped us too get through the most painful and difficult stage in our lives. Wishing you God’s peace and love this coming season.

  4. Joy L

    Hi, Bong! Now I got the chance to see Mariel’s christmas tree. Last year, late November of 2006, our little chit-chats led us to comparing color motifs for our christmas trees. I remember her telling me that our trees should be full of decors / ornaments because she read somewhere that this means “bountiful blessings” and will bring us good luck. So, I said I wanted to see her tree because to my imagination it really must be beautiful.

    Now, I’ve seen it and it’s beautiful. You did well in decorating the tree. Merry christmas to you, Sam and the whole Bello family.

  5. marielsgarden

    Thanks Fighting Windmills, We wish you and your family all the best this season. Please visit the Mariel’s garden from time to time.

    Kind regards,

    Bong and Sam

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