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Edited in response to comments: When I was searching for a new home in West Virginia I drove around many areas trying to find the “spot” I would call home. It didn’t seem to matter where I went or which neighborhood or town I was in they all had one thing in common. There always seemed to be a little grapevine or alpine tree or trees on the front porch. They all looked so homey. I saw log cabins, ranch houses, and townhouses with trees. The idea crossed lines too between the wealthy and not so wealthy. In Virginia my neighbors would have thought I was crazy to have a Christmas tree up all year. But here in the mountains, I knew I wanted one.When I walked into the house I eventually bought there was a fully decorated alpine tree in the corner with a small welcome sign underneath. The realtor explained that the homeowner called it her hope tree. I placed mine on my front porch and the stars are always on it and often I add other little decorations like plastic easter eggs at Easter. It's done with the hope that all who enter will feel welcome when they approach my front door.