The Little Tree
Hwy 101 north of Gold Beach, Oregon

The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.

John 1:4 NLT

Inside Christmas Card Greeting Choices:
May you and those you love
be guided by the light of Christ
this holiday season and always.

This little tree holds a very special place in our holiday memories. It stands alongside Highway 101 at the top of the hill just south of Prehistoric Gardens north of Gold Beach, OR. The first time we noticed it, we were on our way back home to Crescent City, CA, after spending Christmas in Rainier, OR.

It really was a dark and stormy night and we were more than ready to be home. Besides the two tired, cranky little girls in the backseat, we had two tired, cranky parents in the front.

What a surprise as we came up the hill in the rain to see that someone had decorated a tiny little tree with colored lights! There it was, all alone on that bluff, with no house anywhere that we could see. (We later discovered the driveway up the hill.) Somehow the next two hours on home seemed a little easier.

Watching for the little tree became part of the adventure of all our trips up and down the coast from then on as we watched that tiny tree grow tall. Many dark winter nights its cheery glow encouraged us onward toward home after celebrating Christmas with family.

We will miss that part of our annual holiday trek, now that we have moved from Crescent City to Albany, OR, but we enjoy being able to spend more time with family now, and less time on the road.

My challenge with drawing this picture for our 2010 Christmas card was to draw 'night'. It took some experimenting to get the right amount of darkness to show off the colored pencil lights with their watercolor glow.

To place an order for your own Christmas cards, please email or call us with the cards and quantities you would like. Cards are $20 / box of 12. Free customization with the purchase of 4 boxes!

Visit our Christmas Card gallery to see all of the cards we have available. You can also find details on how we can customize your cards for you!
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