"Once upon a time there was a little tree, a beautiful, healthy, green tree. But it was not happy. The little tree did not have soft, green leaves like the other trees in the forest. It had hard, sharp needles, and it did not like them."
This little tree began to wish it could have golden leaves, then glass leaves, then soft green leaves. The tree got each one of these wishes. But the tree slowly began to discover that it was perfect all along.
After reading this warm and reassuring story, we imagined what our own little Christmas trees might wish to be. Then we decorated trees with oil pastels and watercolors. We put a shining star on top of each tree.
"And then a little shining star fell down from heaven...and landed on top of the little tree."