When I was a kid, my grandmother let my brothers and I throw
great, globby handfuls of icicles on her tree.
We thought that's how you should put icicles on a Christmas tree.
How patient she was to let us take part in such an imperfect way!
Later I learned other methods, including the meticulous strand-by-strand approach
to decorating a tree with icicle tinsel.
And then, there's the frozen fog way to trim a branch with sparkling shine.
This weekend, my whole backyard was decorated in frost crystals,
every edge gleaming with natural glitz.
Such beautiful holiday decor, and it all melted away, leaving nothing to sweep up.