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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

New York photo: dead Christmas tree


This is the saddest part of the holiday season, when all the decorations start coming down and we have to look forward to a few more cold, dark months without the festive bling to lighten the mood.

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  • Tonio Kruger

    “Yet another dead Christmas tree. Where’s it going to end, Kowalski?”

    “I don’t know, Chief. But I do know that no one around here saw anything. Just like the last time. Just the type of thing you’d expect in this neighborhood.”

  • RogerBW

    We invented a tradition of twining holly branches through the banisters – because if you cut branches without berries, you’re doing a lot less harm to the plant.

  • LaSargenta

    EV Grieve likes to keep track of the Christmas Tree Disposal Experiences… http://evgrieve.com/search/label/Christmas%20trees Scroll back to April or so…or, my latest favorite: http://evgrieve.com/2013/12/dec-21.html

  • LaSargenta

    I obviously need to go home and sleep. I read that as twining…through the barristers!

  • Danielm80

    If you wait long enough, and believe hard enough, you’ll see a teeny tiny baby Christmas tree that dances to “I Want You Back.”

  • My real tree gets cut up and re-used throughout my garden. No waste here.
    Supposedly, most cities take them and chip them up for mulch, but I wonder about that.

  • bronxbee

    my tree will be going to the NYC Mulch Fest this sunday — there is one every year and for once, it’s actually when i think i’m ready to take my tree down.

  • Sunday is the 11th. If you’re not(long past) ready to take it down by then, you may want to consult someone who can “help”. ;-)

  • bronxbee

    i wish i could keep it up longer — it’s a bright and cheery in the cold dark winter, and a reminder of a happy couple of weeks. it’s only been up since the 23rd! there are 12 days of christmas — it should stay up *at least* that long! when do you get rid of yours? are you one of those curmedgeons who throws it out on dec. 26th?

  • RogerBW

    Traditionally in the UK, decorations should go up not before Christmas Eve, and down by Twelfth Night (6 January).
    Very few people abide by tradition these days. Shops have been putting the things up early for years, but this year I noticed quite a lot taking them down again as soon as Boxing Day, perhaps with a feeling that they’d been up for too long already.

  • haha. My wife is Christmas crazy, so we always go cut down our tree the day after Thanksgiving. She would faint at the idea of not putting it up until the 23rd. We always take it down on New Years Day, as we’re all off, and there’s nothing else to do that day. I put up a lot of decs outside as well, and had them all down and put away on Sunday. I am SOOOO worn out on Christmas by the time it even gets here! I can’t imagine waiting 12 more days. Plus, were pretty much the opposite of religious, so the epiphany holds no meaning for us. I imagine some people do it simply as a cultural thing, but my family never has.

  • bronxbee

    in my family (of scots and irish descent) when i was a child, we put the tree up on christmas eve — it *never* came down before Jan. 6th — just a family tradition. over the years, on my own, i used to have a big Lucia party the second weekend of december and i tried to have my decorations up for that. several years i haven’t done any decorating for various reasons. i did a bit of decorating this year, and had a small tree and i like to get it up the weekend before christmas eve if possible. this year wasn’t possible. i will put up some winter decorations to keep me going until march. i am not religious but i am a pan-celebrant and i try to observe christmas as a “winterfaire” celebration — “to drive the cold winter away” sort of thing. anyway, the only reason i’m getting rid o the tree this weekend is because of mulch fest, so it won’t feel like a waste.

  • LaSargenta

    In my neighborhood, Mulch Fest is the 10th, but there’s a pile of trees already being left at the spot in the park where they’ll be chipping. The park supervisor’s ok with that. It might be the same by you…

  • Yeah, personally, I’m more of a Winter Solstice guy than a Christmas guy, but everyone else in the family is very traditional, so I just go along with it.
    Trust me, as a landscaper, and hardcore gardener, I do whatever I can to make the winter more tolerable until I can once again find solace amongst my plant friends.
    I start growing some seeds indoors around mid February, so I’ve got that to look forward to.

  • bronxbee

    i have a house already overrun with plants of all kinds and i plant herbs in the window boxes every spring.

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