Fresh-cut, flocked, fir, pine. It takes all kinds to make the season bright. This time of year many of us dress them up, watch them glow. We see trees year-round. We need them. At Christmas, we *see* trees. They become the guest of honor in our home for a few weeks. Individual masterpieces in the living room loaded with nostalgia and hope. Whether you decorate your tree with white lights or colored, bling or Battenburg, when stripped bare the tree is still a tree. A strong trunk, branches, their own spectrum of colors and a need for roots and food to stay alive. They age, they bend, they sometimes snap and they are magnificent. And once a year we pull them close and express our gratitude. Without trees we would be finished as a planet. Without caregivers we would be finished as a community. Let's pull them close and show our gratitude year round, shall we?