Unknown to most people, Santa Claus had a small, but very close family. His Aunt Edna (on his mother’s side) loved Christmas as much as Santa himself. Aunt Edna would be the first at the North Pole to decorate her Christmas Tree for the holiday. Whenever anyone would visit her, they would bring an ornament or a light for her tree.
Soon, the tree became so big that Aunt Edna couldn’t keep it any longer. She gave it to her nephew, Santa Claus. Santa, his reindeer and all of the elves moved the huge tree adorned with every kind of ornament and light one could imagine to Toyland.
One of the elves felt sorry for the cold and shivering tree and placed an extra-large Santa hat on its top to keep it warm.
Everyone was astonished. The magic of the Santa hat gave the 50 year old tree the gift of gab.
“You see”, Henny explained. “Any tree can speak at the age of 50 with a little bit of magic”.
Santa knew that this tree was something very special. Many years later he brought the tree to Overly’s Country Christmas® for all to see and hear. O
ne day, Henny stopped talking. His pine limbs drooped. His lights dimmed and his ornaments appeared dull and tarnished. With much prodding, Henny finally whispered: “I am so sad. I miss my family at the North Pole.” A single tear fell to the ground and Henny went silent.
The folks at Overly’s pleaded with Santa for help. Henny delighted children of all ages for many years in Christmas Village. What would become of Overly’s Country Christmas® if Henny never spoke again? Santa thought for a moment and smiled . . . a really big smile. Later that night, he was seen sprinkling snowflakes on the ground next to Henny.
The following year, before the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, a very small tree magically appeared beside Henny Hemlock. Henny was so happy. His eyes brightened, his pine limbs straightened and his ornaments sparkled again. Henny began to talk . . . and talk and talk. Henny recognized his great grand-nephew, Harold, who had grown to join him and be a part of Overly’s Country Christmas®.
In case you didn’t know, Henny is a VERY rare and special tree, bordering on extinction. Henny is an Arctic Talking Palm Tree. And what is an “Arctic Talking Palm Tree” you ask. . . well, “The Arctic Talking Palm Tree is a cross between the southern palm and a northern pine. This cross occurred because someone in Florida gave Santa a palm tree instead of cookies. Santa took the tree back to the North Pole and planted it with all the other Christmas trees. Before long, a new species of tree developed — the Arctic Talking Palm. These trees look like pine trees, they talk a mile-a-minute, and if the temperature goes above 90 degrees on Christmas Day in the northeast, they grow coconuts.”Furthermore, all trees at the North Pole have the ability to talk when they reach the age of 50, it just takes some real magic.”
Each year, when the Christmas season draw to a close, Henny and Harold shed their lights, brightly colored ornaments and garland. All the children have gone for yet another year. The time has come to find a quiet spot in Christmas Village or more often, at Wilkinson’s Nursery. Here, during the summer months, Henny and Harold sprout new branches and pine cones. But best of all, they get to spend time with their favorite deciduous and conifer cousins. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize Henny and Harold amongst all the trees and shrubs at the Nursery but if you do see them, don’t forget to say hello. It won’t be long before Jason and all the caretakers at the Nursery will soon move Henny and Harold back to Christmas Village.