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Oh Tumbleweed, Oh Tumbleweed.... 
Dec. 3, 2011 5:33 pm 
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 6:59 am
     Years ago, before classroom TV's, computers, VCR's, DVD's, etc., I was teaching 4th grade in an Ohio classroom.  Every year during the Christmas season, I would show an old 16 mm movie about a tumbleweed that blew into town on a rainy Christmas Eve. 
     The poor tumbleweed was kicked by harried holiday shoppers as it blocked their way on the sidewalk.  It was splashed by cars that swerved to avoid it.  [If you ever get a tumbleweed caught under your car you will know why they were trying to avoid it!]  It was the target of stray dogs.  It was a sad, unwanted little weed.
     Until...it was found beside a dumpster by a little boy.  Knowing that his family wouldn't be able to afford a tree this year, he took it home with him.  The family had a tree and the lowly tumbleweed had a home for Christmas.
     Ever since I watched that movie, I thought how neat it would be to have a Tumbleweed Tree for Christmas.  I never thought that I'd live in a part of the country that  has a plethora of tumbleweeds.  Then on Thursday night, a beautiful, perfectly round (very prickly) tumbleweed blew into our New Mexico backyard during that wind storm that hit the southwest.  Now my 40 year-old wish has come true...I have my Tumbleweed Christmas Tree.
     I guess the moral of this story is: 1) even the most unwanted, unloved, mistreated people or things have some goodness and beauty if we look deep enough; and 2) never give up on your dreams!
     Have a blessed Christmas and a joy-filled New Year.

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Dec. 3, 2011 6:02 pm
swchef, I LOVE your tumbleweed Christmas tree. Sitting here in the MidWest, I identify with your OH dreams :). Thanks for the inspiration! Keep dreaming! XOXOXO
Dec. 3, 2011 6:18 pm
That is beautiful! Cool story and very cool "tree." Merry Christmas!
Dec. 3, 2011 7:04 pm
It was meant to be! Great story!
Dec. 3, 2011 7:05 pm
Whoever invented net lights for outdoor decor was a genius! Sure makes it easy to add light to the holidays.
Dec. 3, 2011 7:52 pm
swchef, I've seen that very movie! It's a reminder of what can be! I love your analogy of the meaning of the story and agree that we should never dismiss someone because of the way they look. I have a plaque on the wall that says, "Never, never, never give up!" Dreams DO come true. Even if it takes forty years. Enjoy your tumble weed Christmas Tree.
Dec. 3, 2011 8:26 pm
Thanks, Candice. I wondered if anyone else had seen that movie! Do you remember "The Red Balloon"
Dec. 4, 2011 1:42 am
Good morning, Phoebe, and thanks for the wonderful story. This is a perfect sweet start to my day. Hope all is going well.
Dec. 4, 2011 4:12 am
Now I want a Tumbleweed Christmas Tree!! I love it! I've never seen that movie, but I love your analogy. What a wonderful story - a great reminder to all that there is some good in everyone, sometimes it's just hard to find it.
Dec. 4, 2011 5:28 am
My sister in WV wants us to bring the tumbleweed tree for Christmas. LOL
Dec. 4, 2011 7:24 am
LOVE IT! I am going for a drive to find one in the desert. Thanks for the great inspiration kid!
Dec. 4, 2011 7:43 am
Oh swchef! Wonderful story and a beautiful tree! Brought a smile to my face!
Dec. 4, 2011 7:52 am
Love it! You could start an on-line business selling trees! It would be a hit!
Dec. 4, 2011 8:50 am
Oh, my! swchef, I love your story, your tree, your dream, your post...you've just wrapped up the entire holiday season for me, in one post. Thank you SO much. Now what's the title of that movie? I want to see it!
Dec. 4, 2011 12:14 pm
Dear lucylove - thank you very much for your kind comments. I have no idea what the film was titled; it is a very short movie with little or no talking (as I remember) just music. I'll see if I can find anything about it online.
Dec. 4, 2011 12:21 pm
Your tree, story, and reminders are all beautiful!
Dec. 4, 2011 12:23 pm
That's a very good story and a very good message swchef.
Dec. 4, 2011 12:27 pm
What a great story! Very poignant! Love your tree! I'll bet the lights had to be put on gingerly! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
Dec. 4, 2011 12:34 pm
Net lights, mickdee, net lights! Tumbleweeds are nasty little buggers...very hard on fingers, wrists, etc. Merry Christmas back at cha!
Dec. 4, 2011 12:42 pm
I looked online for a film that fit this story, with no luck. I've ask friends back at the school if they can try to track it down...probably not allowed to show it in schools anymore.
Dec. 4, 2011 3:58 pm
Wow - - what a beautiful tree - I love it!! And the story is as lovely as the tree - - Merry Christmas swchef and thanks for reminding us that dreams do come true - even in places other than Mickeyland.
Dec. 4, 2011 4:31 pm
Well, if the tumbleweed film isn't available, we've still got A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's a great message film.
Dec. 4, 2011 7:16 pm
Right! My sister-in-law always gets a Charlie Brown tree 'cause she feels sorry for the underdog trees!
Dec. 4, 2011 8:36 pm
swchef, I love it and I love that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the most obscure places if only we would open our eyes and see it. And I do remember the Red Balloon. I loved that story. I saw the French version.
Dec. 5, 2011 6:00 am
Me, too, Avon! What a neat old movie.
Lee B 
Dec. 5, 2011 6:09 am
Awww! Yes, I remember BOTH stories.Thanks for this post!And yes again-whomever thought of the netting is a genius!@Avon, my 7th grade French teacher showed that film...beautiful.
Dec. 5, 2011 6:41 am
How cool is that! Hubby has a 'Charlie Brown' tree he has to put up every year. An old artificial tree he drug home from the neighbors before they threw it out.
Dec. 5, 2011 8:44 am
Too funny! Have a great week. P.S. Your Xmas card is in the mail.
Dec. 5, 2011 8:47 am
Actually I have very faint memories of seeing that film myself in the early 80's in rural Missouri. Gone are the days that one of those movies and a foam cup of popcorn could make a kid's heart content...(sigh)...
Dec. 5, 2011 9:10 am
SWChef: I regret I have never seen the movie you are referring to. I grew up in an area with lots of evergreen trees. It's quite a contrast, but for 25+ years, I have lived in the desert. My husband and I have often joked that we should use tumbleweeds, stacked like a snowman, for a Christmas tree. Nice job!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:28 am
I love the story, and I love the tree! Thanks for warming the heart on a dreary Monday morning. Happy Holidays to you!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:36 am
Thanks, wisweetp.
Dec. 5, 2011 9:39 am
bikerfamily - check this out: http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=165 - Talk about good use of tumbleweeds!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:49 am
What a lovely story!
Dec. 5, 2011 11:42 am
Oh, my goodness - you should see the "SNOW" on our tumbleweed tree. It's not supposed to snow like this here! On the mountains: that's okay, but not here in the city! Will post another picture tonight when the lights come on.
Dec. 5, 2011 12:05 pm
What a beautiful story to go along with your beautiful little tree. You have captured the Christmas spirit.
Dec. 5, 2011 2:20 pm
BEAUTIFUL! Merry Christmas to you two! Love from Marley and Me!
Dec. 5, 2011 3:40 pm
I love your tumbleweed tree...I remember as a girl living in Colorado, each Sunday we'd drive pretty much all day long all over the state, sometimes out to bordering states, like Wyoming. So I recall seeing really big tumbleweeds in the west, especially in Wyoming. This one is beautiful, thanks for sharing and inspiring Christmas cheer! Merry Christmas
Dec. 5, 2011 4:11 pm
I love that tree ~ so pretty!
Dec. 5, 2011 6:45 pm
Awesome! I love your tumbleweed tree! When I was 5 years old (that was a couple of years ago, lol) my parents, grandparents and I took a trip from our home in Arkansas to California to visit my grandmother's sister. On our way home, across the desert, I insisted that my mom and grandfather stop and get me a tumbleweed to take to kindergarten for show and tell. So they pulled over on the highway, chased down a tumbleweed, and squashed it into the trunk of the car and I was the only kid in my class to EVER bring a tumbleweed to school!! (We don't get too many of them in Arkansas, lol)
Dec. 5, 2011 7:09 pm
SWChef: Thanks for the link to the Chandler website. Awesome! Just like I always imagined.
Dec. 5, 2011 7:09 pm
What a touching and sweet story...with a happy ending, your little ugly duckling tumbleweed has turned into a beautiful sparkling Christmas tree! Thanks for posting this short but powerful blog. Oh, and I love The Red Balloon so much I gave a copy of the DVD to myself last Christmas!
Dec. 6, 2011 1:18 am
Your "tree" is gorgeous! I've never seen one of those - you could market it - along with the story! I have a neighbor who has made tumbleweed snowmen before (=
Dec. 6, 2011 6:02 am
I love the tree! What a great idea to use net lights! Tumbleweeds are so pickly! Is this outside? Hope it doesn't blow away and continue on it's journey. Merry Christmas.
Dec. 6, 2011 6:07 am
It's amazing the beauty we can find around us, if we look for it. And, speaking of beauty, we had a beautiful 4 inch snow here in Tumbleweed Land and it's 7 degrees at our airport and 13 on our patio. BRRRRRR Our Schools are closed and we are literally trapped here as I-10 is closed from Texas to Arizona and I-25 is closed from here to Albuquerque and the only other main road out of town (highway 70) is closed at the pass!
Dec. 6, 2011 6:36 am
At least you've got your pretty TumbleTree to look at. Watching it glow should keep you warm. Well, that and something hot with rum.
Dec. 6, 2011 6:56 am
YOu know what? It got so heavy with snow yesterday afternoon that it fell off the pot and we had to go out in the snow and drive a broom stick thru it's poor little heart to get it to stay on the container! It looked beautiful with the snow on it, but it all fell off when it fell off!
Dec. 6, 2011 7:42 am
Ms. swchef you wrote a wonderful blog. Your "weed" makes a beautiful tree. My Mom had one word she loved at Christmas and that word was Joy! We used to make Christmas cards when I was little with just that single word on the inside. Your blog speaks to that. Turned on the news and it's 9 degrees here in Denver with 6 inches on the ground. BRRRRRR is right! Looking forward to the pic of you tumbleweed in the snow.
Dec. 6, 2011 7:44 am
so cool, Swchef, I love the story, the reminders and the picture of your snow covered gate. Beautiful in every way. Taking time to smell the roses or taking time to love the tumbleweed=all good. (so just how the heck do you get the lights off afterwards?)....if it blew along down the way, it would be cool to see how many Christmas ornaments it collected on it's journey. If a lighted tumbleweed blew across my back 40, I would add a decoration and a sentiment to it:D
Dec. 6, 2011 8:38 am
Wonderful idea rng! AS to removing the lights: very carefully!
Dec. 6, 2011 8:40 am
Oh, redly - it blew off the container and all the snow fell off before we could get a picture. We had to "stake" it to the pot when we put it back up!
Dec. 6, 2011 9:42 am
Don't forget why it tumbles. It can drop something like 250,000 seeds. Next year you are likely to see Russian thistle come up anywhere it's been on your property.
Dec. 6, 2011 11:14 am
I live in a wind tunnel, across the street from RR tracks in an empty field - and my yard tends to catch tumble weeds - though this year hasn't been bad for some reason. One time, a friend was helping me to carry the tumbleweeds to the curb, and decided it would be easier to "kick them to the curb" - literally. You should have heard my yelp when I saw the seeds flying! Yikes!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:24 am
Yup - those seeds are what makes them so prolific! Did you have them in your yard the next year!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:58 am
hi sw! it is the simple things that make us who we are. very nice kodak moments here, thx for sharing.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:34 am
I'm always plucking out the babies! Every year - because every year the wind blows the grown-ups into my yard!
Dec. 7, 2011 1:05 pm
I live in Chandler, AZ and we walked downtown to watch them light the tumbleweed Christmas tree last weekend. It truely is a sight to behold.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:55 pm
I'd like to see that some time. I imagine it is gorgeous.
Dec. 7, 2011 9:47 pm
You should make this story into a childrens book. I like your moral of the story! I love the look of the tumbleweed. Pure Gold.
Dec. 8, 2011 6:52 am
Thanks, Shannon O'K - we love our little golden tree.
Dec. 8, 2011 7:21 am
I live in Chandler, Az. We have a lovely Tumbleweed Tree! Here's the link with a time-lapsed photo of it being erected. http://www.chandleraz.gov/newsrelease.aspx?N_UID=2108
Dec. 8, 2011 10:20 am
WOW- how neat is that!
Dec. 8, 2011 5:10 pm
Funny that waaay back around 1974 our family was on vacay in the West and we picked up a tumbleweed to bring back to WI. No real reason, but just because we could. Fast forward about 5 months and my Mom was wondering what to do with it; The Christmas Tumble Weed was born and decorated. Tiny gold ball ornaments - no lights. So your story just took me back to a much simpler time with great memories!
Dec. 8, 2011 9:07 pm
It's amazing how so many can relate to the lowly tumbleweed.
Dec. 9, 2011 8:21 am
ty! for posting a great blog. I soo also can relate ;-) Merry Christmas.
Dec. 9, 2011 9:56 am
Love the Tumble Weed Christmas tree Swchef. And what a great blog, its a good reminder to never judge a book by its cover. :) We haven't gotten our tree yet this year since we're re-doing the floors. And now I can't decide.....a tumbleweed tree or a regular one??? Hmmmmm :)
Dec. 25, 2012 6:59 am
Best looking tumbleweed tree I've seen! Be blessed!
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