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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Bonfire of the Xmas Trees

Yesterday we humanely disposed of several years' worth of dead Xmas trees by having a bonfire in our neighbors' backyard fire pit. First, the pit was readied by burning a few old wooden pallets as the audience warmed up with some champagne-



And in goes the first tree!




That was fast. the second tree approaches...


And there it goes!


Same time, same place, next year?

7 comments:

Mrs. Chili said...

I'm always a little disconcerted when i see how quickly Christmas trees go up. I mean, I have that thing IN MY HOUSE. Hooked up to, you know, ELECTRICITY! Eeek. Best not to think about it too hard, I suppose, but it sure inspires me to make sure I keep the damned thing well watered!

Colonel Colonel said...

It's frightening to see how fast and furiously they burn. Anyone who thinks they could control the fire if it started is fooling themselves. Yes, after I burned my first one some years ago, I've always been very cautious about hot lights and keeping the tree watered.

Phoebe Fay said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! Excellent tradition. Really, anything that involves both champagne and flames is an excellent tradition.

Beach Bum said...

Always felt weird as a kid having to toss out a live tree after Christmas. I mean, you cut down and kill a living thing just to put colored lights and cheap tinsel on it for a few days. I even brought it up one time when I was around five or six that we should decorate a tree outside so we would not have to kill it. The strange looks I got were the first of many in my life.
Of course the issue is long over with the acceptance of artificial trees to equal the artificial holiday Christmas has become.

Malach the Merciless said...

Now you see why Xmas tress are dangerous?

Atlas Cerise said...

It's like a metaphor for Billy Bob's post-interview career.

Colonel Colonel said...

Phoebe: Yes, anything involving a bonfire and champagne is, by definition, a Good Time.

Beach: Don't get me started. I've always found it strange that the accepted way to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace and Love is to go out and kill something. But my wife (who's Jewish, but German Jewish) always had real Xmas trees growing up, and insists on one.

Malach: Because they kill bunnies?

Atlas: ewww....