The Magic Tree 2008
Welcome to this year’s Magic Tree. Feel free to get out of the car and come in under the glow of 75,000 lights but please be advised: Watch your step around the ditch, foot bridge and cords and avoid touching the tree particularly when wet. It is possible to get a sustained shock where a broken bulb is encountered. Please advise your children.
The tree is a 28 foot tall crab apple approximately 45 years old. It takes about 120 hours to string the lights on the branches from a variety of ladders and about 80 hours to remove them in the spring for a new year of growth.
This is the 14th year I have lit a tree in the yard having done it the first time in 1995 with a crab apple that stood just outside the front door. That first year I strung an estimated 3000 lights on the tree making several fingers of lights out to the ends of just the main branches. Your enthusiasm for the experiment has kept me at it all these years to try and improve the display from one year to the next.
Go to www.magic-tree.org to view pictures I have taken of the tree and surrounding area influenced by its light and to get more information about what motivates me. I appreciate your responses on the contact page of the site that tell me of your experience of the tree.
Enjoy the tree freely without obligation to make a donation. A box is located under the mail box on the post for those of you inclined to donate toward support of the expense of lighting the tree. Many wonder at the cost of electricity used. It is about $10.00 per night to light the tree from about 5 to midnight and again in the morning for about an hour and a half. Far out weighing the cost of the power is the purchase of the lights (each year about 30% of the lights need to be purchased anew) especially the energy saving LED lights that this year constitute about one third of the lights on the tree. This year I will to share 40% of your donations with charities and the private park across the street from the Magic Tree. The rest I will retain to help with the purchase of lights and power.
The tree will be lit each night through January 6th and again on the 10th and 15th for family birthdays, 18th and 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 28th for family birthday, February 5th for anniversary of the Constitution, 12th for Lincoln’s birthday, 13th and 14th for Valentine’s Day, 17th and 20th for family birthdays and 27th, 28th and March 1st for True/False Film Fest.
The Magic Tree is a celebration of light. The physical light produced by electric current through filaments and diodes represent light of a more subtle kind, but this more subtle light is a light we depend on for our very life. The light I speak of is that that causes a face to “light up” with a smile or good work and that light that spreads through the mind when a “bright idea” is brought forth. There is the light of desire when it is turned toward aspiration of heart felt soul searching and there is the light of the soul, our higher self, which is found when mind, body and emotions are calmed and stilled.
Electric light we could make do without and did up until very recently in the history of humanity. But this more subtle light that we find within, in a much more crucial way, is the very stuff of life itself. It is subtle, subjective and sublime and so is easily ignored and even forgotten, taken for granted. But if we pay attention to it, with our intention, we can build it up bright within us and apply it to light our way in dark times such as now with economic crisis on the rise and extremist groups using fear and the darkness of terror to attempt their agenda.
The Magic Tree will soon be turned off and dismantled for another season but the light we carry within us will keep on growing and growing as we go through our trials with aspiration and hope; as we seek out beauty and goodness (the signature and light of love) where some seem only able to find pessimism and darkness. As we do this we share a light with each other and shed light on all around that brings joy and peace to a world angry and hurting.
This light must manifest in positive action to remedy the many ills and injustices found around the world today and that are at the crux of world problems. Poverty, starvation, war and terror go hand in hand. When we together as a nation and more broadly as the world come together to solve injustices at home and around the globe we will also have solved the problem of terror and the dark forces of war.
It is for this that the Coming One emerges to shine a light on the path ahead for humanity as a group to improve its re-presentation of the Light of Life Itself. Many from different religions and some that hold to none expect, in some fashion or other, the coming of that One Who embodies the Light of Life Itself as we each in our own way shall some day grow to do as we move into the spiritual light of the soul.
Let the light of the Magic Tree, regardless of race, creed, politics, religion, gender, orientation or age, in some small way symbolize what we are becoming as we tread that lighted path. Let it represent as well the light of that Great Encourager, the quiet, subtle, subjective, stealthy, but essential, Light of Life Itself as it shines out brightly for any who open the door.
Love’s in Everything, Will Treelighter
These are Days by Rob Buck and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs:
These are days you’ll remember. Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true that you are blessed by something that will grow and bloom in you.
These are days you’ll remember. When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour. You’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.
These are days.
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break. These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face. And when you do you’ll know how it was meant to be. See the signs and know their meaning. It’s true. You’ll know how it was meant to be. Hear the signs and know they’re speaking to you, to you.