This is a Norway Pine branch and cones. My dad always chose a Norway Christmas tree. When we were very small, after we were asleep on Christmas Eve, mom and dad set up the tree and decorated it. What magic it seemed to their little girls to wake up to that gorgeous tree! As we got older, dad set it up early so that we could have the fun of helping to decorate the tree. The luscious pine smell, the bright lights, and the Christmas carols all made it so special.
I thought the dark cone on the right was an old one or maybe it was just in the deep shadow of overshadowing branches not seen in the photograph. When I read about this tree, the unusual comment was that the youngest cones are a deep purple. They may stay on the tree for 2-3 years and get lighter color before they drop off. Since all the cones I’ve ever really looked at were the fallen cones, I just assumed they were always that lovely tan and brown.
Let’s shine brighter and brighter as we rejoice in our Savior’s coming! Let’s show the world what true peace and joy look like in normal people who know His love and mercy.