It is March.
It is March 22, to be exact.
When do you take down your Christmas tree? What is the latest you have ever taken it down?
This afternoon, I saw a Christmas tree on the side of the street that was not there this morning. It was put there to be picked up by the City of Modesto. The week after Christmas there are many such trees lined up on the side of the street waiting to be picked up by the City.
It must have come from the apartment complex that is right there. Curious...I thought. Perhaps I can understand it if it came from a house with a backyard. I might understand it if someone put the tree in their backyard and just forgot to put it out for collection as the rest of the neighborhood does. That is, maybe I can understand it.
|A lonely discarded Christmas Tree on March 22!|
But this is an apartment complex. Where would someone keep the tree nearly three months after Christmas. And WHY??
"Oh honey! I want Christmas to last all year long! I can't bear for it to end." says the apartment dweller.
"Ok. Let's keep the tree up. I kinda like the lights, all sparkely like." says the husband.
Or maybe it was more like this:
"Times are lean, Hon. Maybe we should keep the tree instead of throwing it out."
"You know...we could burn it for heat if we need to. Or maybe if we cook the tree long enough it will taste like asparagus."
Guess they didn't need it after all . They got through he winter just fine.
Or maybe the little tree escaped the wood chipper and is desperately trying to get back to where it was loved and the center of attention. Did I just hear a little tree voice say "Must-Get-Home"?
Maybe this doesn't baffle you. Maybe you would never give a Christmas tree on the street at the end of March when trees are in their spring blossom a second thought.
Unfortunately, I can't help but wonder why, and come up with all sorts of scenarios.
You're right...I need something else to occupy my mind.