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The Vanishing Tree


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/the_vanishing_tree_20041217

The lush, fragrant green trees penned up in their Christmas tree lots waiting to be liberated, taken home, and decorated are like a siren song to school kids everywhere. My daughters are no exception. "I wish we could have a tree in our house. They're so pretty," one of my daughters will invariably say this time of year. My daughters' wishes for a picturesque, festive tree will remain just wishes. But for three prior generations of their Southern California Jewish family, Christmas trees were a reality -- and they represented the American dream fulfilled.

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