This is my entry into The 1st Writing Challenge posted by Obsessive Writing blog on the theme of Sin.

We started a family tradition in 2016:
The first week of November,
Usually the 6th or 7th,
We put up our thankfulness tree.
It’s a plastic tree, modeled after a Douglas fir
And we decorate it with pinecones
Tagged with things we are thankful for.
The tags read “books”
“good food”
“mommy” (the boys wrote four of those this year)
And more.
All to remind us that in the midst
Of the sin of the world
-the racial baiting
-the sexual assault
-the brazen brutality
-the sheer coarseness
To remind us that there is no sin
Without beauty and redemption