Our Christmas Tree for 2023

Our Christmas tree for 2023 stands proudly in our den, lighting up the night

Our Christmas tree for 2023 stands proudly in our den, lighting up the night.

You might not be able to tell here, but we like lots of lights on our Christmas tree. Lots and lots of lights. The more, the better. Is there a light limit on these things? Thankfully, the new LED lights use a lot less energy than the old lights, so we are not tripping circuit breakers or anything like that.

And this is a new tree for this year, thanks to an unfortunate catastrophe where the pole bent beyond repair on our old tree, which we had been using for probably 20 years or so. It was time for a new tree, but we were going to wait until after this season to get one. Oh well, change of plans!

This is our main Christmas tree, but we have other, smaller trees scattered all over the house. Why have just one? You might remember seeing this one in an earlier post.

Another View

A bokeh look at our Christmas tree

I like artistic views like this one, too. You may call it a blurry view of the lights, but the technical term is bokeh, if you want to know. It is pretty easy to do. Just set your camera to manual focus, and then turn the focus ring on the lens until everything is out of focus. Much easier than trying to take an in-focus photo!

Jesus Is the Reason

I firmly believe that Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day. However, I am not convinced that the actual date of his birth was December 25. Whatever day he was born is the real Christmas Day, and we are not told exactly when that was.

In our house, we do celebrate Christmas on December 25, as you can probably tell. But the more important thing is the whole reason behind Jesus’ birth - he was born to die to take away our sins. He was born to be the one-time sacrifice to take away the sins of everyone who accept his salvation through baptism. As is said in the Christmas song “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, Jesus was “born that man no more may die.”

That is something that is worth celebrating every day of the year. And that is the focus of our lives as Christians. Because of that sacrifice, we live in thanksgiving to God for sending his only son for us.

Jesus is the reason - not just for this season, but for everything we do. All year long, even after we take down the Christmas tree.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. - 1 Peter 3:18

About the Photo

For the main Christmas tree photo, I set up the tripod so that I could use a slow shutter speed for a long-exposure photo. All of the lights made it be not that long of an exposure, but the tripod was still necessary.

I also shot this one from an angle instead of straght-on as I usually do. One reason for this angle is because that air register in the ceiling is not centered between the windows, although the tree is centered between the windows, so it always looks a little off. With this angle, you should not notice that the register is not centered. But instead you might think, “Why is the tree photographed from that angle?” Now you know.

Photo: Each photo is a single JPG exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: December 12, 2023
Location: Williston, Tennessee


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