By Sandra Nachlinger
I’ve been thinking about ways to show characters’ personalities and priorities without “telling” and here’s something I came up with for the holiday season.
Lorraine stood in the foyer, arms crossed over her chest, and studied the Christmas tree. A Swarovski star topped the white-flocked spruce and almost touched the twelve-foot ceiling. Porcelain angels clad in the palest pink gowns seemed to flit among the boughs between glistening Waterford snowflakes and opaque Lalique orbs. To complete the creation, strands of pearls draped from branch to branch, illuminated by thousands of tiny clear lights. She nodded and smiled. Pierre had outdone himself this year. Worth every penny he charged.
Jenny sighed, plugged in the vacuum cleaner, and ran it beneath the tree. More needles every day! Meowser seemed to think she’d brought the evergreen into the living room as his personal playground. She jiggled a string of lights until they came back on and straightened the garland the kids had made from construction paper. With a sigh she bent to pick up a papier mache Santa her son had made many years before, then placed it near a branch that held a star cut from a tin pie plate. She nodded and smiled. The tree held so many memories—a priceless journal of the family’s past Christmases. Worth all the mess.
What do you think? Which Christmas tree appeals to you?
Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a joyous 2017.