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bagged me a Christmas tree

Wanderer's deck has a new item on it: A bundled up Christmas tree. They did that so it would fit in the van w/seats down. It looks like some large game animal.

It looks like someone brought it back from the hunt.

It's kind of--it has a certain... je ne sais quoi

It has tons of je ne sais quoi, in fact.

I think it's emblematic of the holidays for me right now: a bagged Christmas tree, lying helpless on the deck.

It'll be pretty when it's up in the house, with lights and ornaments on it...

... do you think, though, that eventually the STUFF surrounding a holiday can become so overwhelming that one can't recover enough to smile and enjoy it when the time comes?

Saa... je pense que je suis une sorte de major wimp or something.

Well then. more anon. Back to work.


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Dec. 18th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
It's amazing that you should post about this. I canNOT stand the idea of cutting down a tree, any tree, even one commercially grown for this purpose and bringing it home to wilt and die and saying that its a celebration...I would rather have a tree in a pot.

The first time we had the Shaffers coming in, I hunted high and low until I found a tree in a pot and though it was not a lush conifer but a somewhat sparse thing...however, they looked at the spirit behind it and any funny remarks they didn't express at all!
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's great that you found one in a pot, that time--actually lots of people do do that--I know my in-laws had a number of trees growing in their garden that were former potted Christmas trees that had been planted when the time came (at least, I think I recall that...). Now, that's England, but the same does happen here.

While feeling very sad for the tree, I always told myself that it was all right because they came from Christmas tree farms... but now that I stop and think about it... it's ridiculous. You know what I'd like to do? Get a really large bough from a tree, and decorate that, maybe. Or put up pine greens and decorate them. That way, no tree would be killed, and you'd have living green in your house and the smell of the pine. I really love sin_agua's idea too--see below. I wanted to do that last year, but was too disorganized. It's the story of my life--lots of good ideas swirling around; no chance to implement them (or perhaps not enough drive or, as I say, organization...)
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Good point. And something to consider as my husband and I establish our own Christmas traditions. A dead tree may still be pretty, but is it worth the killing ?
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Esp. since the greenery is supposed to be symbolizing continuing life, even in the midst of winter!
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Don't be feeling like the Lone Ranger - I'm feeling mighty moody myself, this coming Yule. Why do children pick the two weeks leading up to Christmas to behave as horribly as they possibly can?

Poor tree. We have an artificial one, but when I was a little girl, I remember going out to cut our own on property my grandparents owned. I loved the smell of a real tree, but I always felt badly about "killing it." Then after Xmas, seeing all the dead, brown trees discarded in alleys, alongside roads, in ditches, besides dumpsters...very sad.

I wish we had a real, LIVE conifer growing in our yard that we could decorate for the birds (strings of popcorn, cranberries, nuts, slices of citrus and apple, etc), and have THAT be our Xmas tree every year. And not chop it down.
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love that idea of a tree for the animals. I wanted to do that last year--with suet-filled pine cones and things... but I think I had the idea like on Christmas Eve, and well, it didn't happen.

Yeah, it's very sad when trees are just discarded like that. And maybe, come to think of it, the whole thing is kind of a waste--but I don't mind so much when the trees are used afterward for mulch or something like that (though it's a bit grotesque maybe to be talking about it? I don't know...)

I'll try not to feel too lone ranger-ish--you too, okay? But I feel like I'm sinking in deep, deep water!
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
I hate the holidays, so I don't know what to say.

Except I rather like the way the tied up trees look like. I should draw a picture of them or something. Of course, everyone would read a symbolic meaning into it that I wouldn't intend.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
Draw it, draw it :-)

It will through your biographers a curve in years to come...
Dec. 18th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Good grief. First dryers, then Christmas trees. Do y'all take anything lightly?
Dec. 18th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
You have to catch me in the summertime--that's my cheerful season :-)

But even then, I think I tend toward overearnestness! :-P
Dec. 18th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ok, I realize that I'm sort of on my own here, but I miss having a real tree. We've had fake ones since the 80s, and I'm sick of them. I want a live tree. I want to chop it down, haul it into my house like a victor, and string lights on it. There. I said it.
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
I understand :-)
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Reading LJ after a long time...
I had a X-mas tree last year for the sake of my baby - so he can see the lights - I bought a small artificial one. I feel the same way about plastic flowers in the house somehow...although even when I get fresh flowers and they wilt in no time I feel terrible. So most of the time I end up buying a potted plant with mums or something...
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
I do like having the real flowers--though they do wilt fast, it's true. But I love picking them, and seeing them on the table.

Dec. 19th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
I was thinking... what size does a vegetable have to be for us to feel bad about it getting chopped? Like, why doesn't the same law of nature apply to broccoli. Or should we feel bad for the broccoli too? Little broccoli moms, pops and babies, cut down in their prime? But again... what about those Christmas tree farmers and their families. Is Willie Nelson going to have to do a benefit for them? Actually I just learned they are replacing tobacco farming with Christmas tree farming. Does every industry these lost souls touch have to turn to compost? Talk about driving around in a bad karma...
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
hahaha--karma! You've probably seen the bumper sticker that says, "My karma ran over your dogma"

Well--people are never going to be completely consistent. I think, though, that with broccoli, you're **eating** it--so the benefit you're getting has actually to do with your own survival--as opposed to just enjoying looking at it for a couple of days. I guess that's why wondermoon talked about flowers--I guess it's the idea of ending something's life just for your aesthetic pleasure as opposed to your survival.

And it's true that the fact that Christmas trees are farmed make having a Christmas tree less of a "problem" (if--as you point out--it even has to be a problem at all) than if everyone had to go out into the woods and find a tree to cut down. With Christmas tree farms, it's a renewable resource. But, at the risk of putting words into their mouths, I think what people like deponti object to is the waste of having something grow, grow, grow, for a number of years, just to cut it down and enjoy it for at most a matter of months.

I don't think anyone who commented is suggesting that people ought to become crusaders and eliminate Christmas trees! They're just talking about their personal reactions....

When I wrote the entry, I was mainly just thinking that the Christmas tree didn't look much like a Christmas tree, wrapped up in netting and lying on my deck. I wasn't even thinking of criticising Christmas trees, or anything--mainly I wanted to moan a bit because I was feeling depressed. But what deponti wrote got me thinking.

It's nice to have your corrective perspective, though! And babydriver's. Certainly as a kid I hated the idea of a fake tree and loved a real one, and though I might have been moved, as a child, by deponti's views, I probably would have ended up still wanting my Christmas tree, but just felt guilty about it. Now, though, I do like some of the other suggestions that have come up.
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
and that was me being super earnest again!

Maybe we need to have Willie Nelson do a benefit to get overearnest LJ users to lighten up! (Maybe he can give me some helium!)
Dec. 20th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
xmas tree
we got our tree this past weekend and there is nothing that can persuade me to get a fake tree...i've thought about it, the waste of it, the expense of it, but i just have to have a real tree...greenery is great, too, especially found greens, but..... this year, we found the perfect tree and installed it (there is fishing wire attached from the ceiling to the treetop). i love, love, love, the smell of the tree...next year, we decided we'd decorate a huge cactus tree...we have a very small one decorated this year and think it's just perfect. well, maybe we'll have both
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: xmas tree
We just put ours up--w/lots of chopping and grunting and aid of the tall one. It's not decorated yet, though. The smell **is** great!
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