We usually get our Christmas tree after December 16th. This can be a hazardous operation here in the South. There is either an overabundance of trees available during the last week of Advent (and you can get a tree without it costing an arm and a leg) or noboday has trees left, and when you finally find that last dilapitated tree on the lot, you pay through the nose.
This year, a friend in Columbia told me that trees were still in abundance-but not out here in Bethune it seemed. Even the 'cut your own tree' place was closed. We had meant to get our tree on the 17th, but other events prevented it.
Monday, as I settled down to work, I took a few moments and started making some phone calls. Grocery stores and places like Lowes are the places which are most likely to have overbought. I struck out on the first few calls. But then I called the Food Lion in Bishopville (~20 miles from here). "Sure we got trees" the lady said. "In fact we overbought so we're giving them away today for free!"
I couldn't believe it. We rounded up the kids and took off for Bishopville in record time and came home with a great tree.
God is good.
From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...Oremus pro invicem!