Artificial Christmas

It’s Christmas season. Decorations have gone up all over town. Shopping centers have devoted part of their parking lots to the sale of assassinated trees and part of their floor space to imitation trees. The imitations seem to get a little better every year, recent years especially I’ve noticed a devotion to having the lights pre-wired into the tree.

For myself, the imitation trees never quite make it. We used them in my house for a number of my formative years, so it’s not a harking back to childhood that makes them fail in my mind, rather, it’s sensory deprivation. I’m a big fan of the gaudy light displays of Las Vegas, so I’m a fan of trees with nearly too many decorations and a ton of lights, but what makes the tree for me is the smell. There’s something invigorating about the smell of fresh pine settling into the corners of the house that gives me a primal sense of contentment.

I asked God where he stands on the issue. Does he feel that something artificial is what puts the X in xmas? Or is he saddened by the millions of trees whose lives are literally cut short so that we can brighten up our family rooms for a couple of weeks?

He said he doesn’t really care, as long as we don’t make it look like we’ve shoved them up the backside of an angel.

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On December 23, 2006 at 1:57 pm

I love the smell of fresh pine for about the first 30 seconds, then my allergies take over and I don’t smell anything for a couple of weeks. So I put up artificial ones where I have to, and cherish the memory of the 30 second smell.
Does Toby think God meant don’t put an angel on top? To me it just looks like it’s up the dress thing, not intimately knowing the angel’a anatomy. Maybe I should make a star to put on top to be on the safe side.

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On December 25, 2006 at 9:00 am

I think it’s a visual thing, if the tree looks like it’s being intimate with the angel then you’ve done something wrong. If it doesn’t look like that, then go for it.


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