Saturday, December 17, 2005

Merry Christmas to All

It's been several years since we had a traditional Christmas tree, the kind that looks like everybody else's idea of what a tree should be. About the age when many kids decide to become vegetarians because they can't bear the thought of killing animals, our daughter went a contrary route and became ultra-sensitive to the issue of killing trees. We took a trip to northern California, a sort of pilgrimage to the grandfather trees. That went well, except for the occasions when the sight of a logging truck loaded with timber would bring the Sensitive One to the brink of tears. Oh, the horror, the carnage!

So, we do not kill a tree to decorate our home during the Christmas season. Four years ago, we created a sculpture out of wire that was marginally evocative of a Christmas tree, and we decorated that. Last year, we bought a Norfolk Island Pine in a pot and decorated it. Then we put it out in the yard. During the year it grew and we repotted it. This year it's about twice as big, and last week we brought it in and hung lights and shiny stuff on it. Maybe more than we should have--I was starting to feel sorry for the little tree. We hung a calendar nearby so it would see that it was only 11 days until Christmas is over and it can go back outside.

I'm most proud of the star on top of the tree: it's hanging from the ceiling. Actually quite a nice effect.

6 comments:

CagedRabbit said...

Our house is just too small and filled with large leather art objects to accommodate even a small Christmas tree this year. So I got a tiny living tree - a Stone Pine - which is the tree that produces pine nuts, and is quite pretty, although not very fragrant. I'm hoping to grow it in a container after Christmas (my yard is tiny too). I haven't decorated it yet - got to find some teensy-weensy ornaments...

That's funny about your daughter. Did she understand that there are tree farms? (I grew up in the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World".)

Karen said...

cr--

I'm sure the idea of "tree farms" would creep her out just like the idea of feed lots gets to a principled vegetarian.

Jeremy said...

I like the idea of keeping a tree and repotting it year after year. There were spruce saplings planted behind the barn at home, and when they got big enough we started chopping them down each year. Um--but they had a good life until then, I'm sure.

yellojkt said...

It's really a cute tree in a Charlie Brown sort of way. My wife vows that as soon as the kid is out of the house, we are going back to our table-top fake tree with Mardi Gras beads as decorations.

Sara said...

It also reminds me of Charlie brown. We have three fake Christmas trees that we put up. And in place of a star on one of them we have a stuffed Abominable Snowman that roars and waves his arms at you then sings a very good rendition of "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas". I feel like I've already told you this...

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