Twelfth Night has come and gone – The Christmas season is well and truly over. Usually around our house, we don’t put Christmas away until January 7th, simply because I can’t bear to let it go. It was a happy coincidence that Epiphany gave me an excuse to keep the lights on. Christmas eventually has to come down, though, and today’s Photo Friday post is about what happens to all those fresh-cut Christmas trees after the holiday has past.
Across the Gulf Coast, there are several places where you can take your live tree for recycling purposes. Here the trees will be chipped and turned into mulch for landscaping projects on public properties. I know in other areas – like southwest Missouri where I grew up – suitable trees are sunk in lakes to provide fish habitat.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a flocked tree up close, and I don’t know if they can actually recycle flocked trees. I know that some sites won’t take them, particularly if they are going to become fish habitats. The flocking was actually a little weird. The parts of it that had been knocked off branches and left on the sand of the beach really did look like snow. With our cold (cool for those of you who are used to a real winter – we’ve been in the upper 30s/lower 40s) weather, it was almost like winter had come to the Coast.
One of the interesting things about these piles of Christmas trees stacked up on each other and waiting for their final purpose is the sheer variety. All those different kinds of trees – ones with their soft, almost lacy needles.
I always want one of those kinds of trees, but then Sweet Husband reminds me that we have heavy ornaments – those delicate and wispy branches will never be able to hold the weight of our history and our dreams for the future. So we go with something practical, much like us…usually a fraser fir.
I always worry that our live Christmas tree will dry out and burn down our house because I hate turning the lights off. But judging by the trees in those piles, there is nothing for us to worry about – our trees are never near in danger of being so dry that they catch fire.
Amazingly, while majority of the trees in the various piles were stripped bare, as they were supposed to be, there were others that appeared to have never even made it off the tree lot – still in the plastic netting they put around them for ease of transportation. And others were almost like they were just dumped, wholesale – like their families couldn’t bear to go through the hassle of removing the cheap ornaments or the strings of lights that were purchased for 75% in last year’s Christmas clearance sales.
(Doesn’t it look just like snow? And if you peer carefully, you’ll see me there, tucked in the back)
All good things must eventually come to an end, even Christmas. Our tree went up in flames in the fire pit that SH spent part of his break creating. Our boxes of ornaments and lights and wreaths are waiting to either be put in one of the storage sheds or hoisted up into the attic. While it seems that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is a lifetime away, the older I get, the faster time goes. I know we’ll be wandering up and down the aisles of the local tree lot, finding just the perfect tree for our house, seemingly in the blink of an eye.
(I love tinsel on a Christmas tree – absolutely, completely adore it. But because I have doggies and a kitteh, tinsel cannot be a part of our Christmas decorating)
I hope your 2016 is off to an excellent start! I can’t wait to see what all you’ve been up to. Leave me a note and let me know how your year is going!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Last week, technically our first link-up of 2016, our most viewed link was from Cowgirl Yankee.
Our last added-link came from Hatton at FreshMom. If you missed her 2015 wrap-up, go check it out now!
Perhaps I’m running the link-up incorrectly, but it takes a huge amount of my time…so much so that while I love the community that we have built here and look forward to Friday nights/Saturday mornings when I go through all of your posts, SH cannot stand it. He hates Friday nights in particular because he knows that I’ll soon be on my computer, immersed in this group that means so much to me.
I appreciate everyone who takes a moment to join us here each week – truly. But I am extremely thankful and grateful for those of you who share the link-up, encourage others to join us here, and who comment on each others blogs. I don’t mind putting in the time to support those of you who are supporting each other – that was my main aim in creating the link-up: I wanted a community to support me, and I wanted to be able to support others. That’s where I’m going to be spending most of my energies and time from here on out.
I am excited to support those of you who give so much to the rest of us, and I think that is where my time is best utilized. For many of you, one way I’m doing that is to add you to my TwitterFeed – which means that your blog posts – even those that aren’t for Photo Friday! – automatically get shared to my Twitter feed. (If you want me to add you as well, let me know!)
With that out of the way – let’s get to sharing, shall we?!?!