Amanda’s issued the final Friendly Friday Challenge for the year and it’s a seasonal theme: RED & GREEN.
I immediately thought of Christmas trees but I’m handicapped by having never taken pictures of them. Actually, it’s a double handicap as I rarely put up and decorate a Christmas tree myself. Bah, humbug! I know. But ever since the kids have grown up, it doesn’t seem worth the trouble … and then there was that disastrous incident with the cat.
Luckily, not everyone is as bah-humbug as me. I love looking at my neighbors’ trees and my friends do a fine job. I remember the first time I went to my colleague’s home for Christmas. I was a new-ish adult then, coming from an island where the only white Christmas were white sandy ones. I was amazed at a the snowy delights of Christmas in Canada. My friend who had Scandinavian roots, went all out for the season. Real trees, hand made ornaments and white candles which I was shocked to see.
“You actually light those?” I asked.
“Only on Christmas Eve,” she said. Seeing my dismay she added, “We always have a bucket of sand close by. It’s very pretty.”
I took her word for it. Based on pictures, a candle lit tree is very pretty. Fraught with danger and catastrophic disaster but pretty nonetheless.
Talking about averted disasters, one of this year’s most endearing stories is the one about the Rockefeller Christmas owl. When a 75 foot Norway spruce was cut down in Oneonta, New York and bound for Manhattan, it bundled a little stowaway. The tiny saw-whet owl was discovered by workers unwrapping the tree for NYC’s Rockefeller Center. Although dehydrated and hungry, the little bird was alive and well. Under the care of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, it was rehabilitated and later released into the wilds of northern New York. Such a cute little bird. I think she’s destined for fame in a Hallmark Christmas story. She’s already on postcards, coffee mugs and most recently, the side of a Frontiers airplane.
So there are lots of Christmas trees and stories around to make up for my lack of one at home. But I am not a 100% bah-humbug. I do decorate and put up Christmas lights. I decorate our old stand-up piano with a couple didgeridoos standing in for a tree. And so far, unlike the previous incident with the cat, he’s not been able to knock them down.
Toronto, Canada. December 2020