The boy marched up and down the rows, His nose high in the air, It smells like Christmas, Mom! It smells like Christmas everywhere! Let's get the biggest tree we can! A tree that's ten miles high! A tree to go right through our roof! A tree to touch the sky! A tree SO big That Santa Claus, will stop and stare and say, Now, THAT'S the finest Christmas tree I've seen this Christmas Day!
It seemed they looked at every tree
At least three million times,
Dad shook them, pinched them,
turned them round to find the perfect pine.
I've found it, Mom!
The Christmas tree I like the best of all!
It's got a little bare spot...
but we'll turn that to the wall,
we'll put Grandma's angel
on top the highest bough!
Oh, can we buy it?
How about some nice hot cocoa?
Asked the man who owned the lot.
He twisted off the thermos top,
Now, this will hit the spot!
He poured the steaming chocolate
In three tiny paper cups.
"HERE'S TO CHRISTMAS"
And they drank the cocoa up.
Is this your choice? The tree man asked, This pine's the best one here!
The boy seemed sad... My Daddy says... The price is just too dear. Then, Merry Christmas, said the man, who wrapped the tree in twine. It's yours for just one promise,
You must keep at Christmas time! On Christmas Eve at bedtime, as you fold your hands to pray, promise in your heart to keep the joy of Christmas Day.
NOW HURRY HOME!
This freezy wind... is turning your cheeks pink, and ask your dad, to trim that trunk and give that tree a drink!
So it went on... All that blustery eve As the tree man gave Tree upon tree upon tree To every last person Who came to the lot... Who toasted with cocoa In small paper cups, Who promised the promise Of joy in their hearts... and singing out carols, Drove off in the dark.
When it was over One tree stood alone, But no one was left there To give it a home. The tree man put on his Red parka and hood and dragged the last Christmas tree Out to the woods. He left the pine right by a stream in the cold, So the wood's homeless creatures would make it their home.
He smiled as he brushed off Some snow from his beard, When out of the thicket a reindeer appeared. He scratched that huge reindeer on top his huge head... It looks like we've started up Christmas again!
There are miles more to travel, and much more to do! Let's go home, my friend, and get started anew!
He looked to the sky and heard jingle bells sound--- and then, In a twinkling of the eye, and a HO-HO-HO. That tree man was gone!