Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Trees


Christmas trees for sale here and there in Stockholm these days. I for one won't be getting one of those cut downs, never have, never will. Since I'm a firm believer in that the trees are chlorophyll happier and benefit the planet and us more left alone to grow in the woods and not being - even if grown for Christmas purposes and however lovely they might look - indoor used for some weeks and then, in most cases, blatantly discarded.

I do immensely enjoy my little sugar loaf fir in garden though, tangled with the ornament tree and the clematis, season appropriately decorated with lights. I'm easy to please that way.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your world with us.


Kaylia Metcalfe said...

YAY for Christmas trees! we call them here "Yule logs with branches!"


Happy holidays!

stromsjo said...

I'm with you on this one. Any tree will look better and live a lot longer in the forest as opposed to crammed into my living room.

Becky said...

I'm with you Pia. Our tree is 5 years old now, and has never shed a needle. I think if I had a spare room, I might leave the decorated tree up all year.
Have a wonderful Christmas.

Terry said...

Dear Pia K.. I have always felt so sad at Christmas when there are so many trees cut down and nowadays whenever we drive by a Christmas tree farm that has straight young pine trees being grown for Christmas trees, row upon row of them, I feel really bad that the only purpose for them is to be cut down,and enjoyed for a few short weeks in December
When we lived in Ottawa, I could barely stand it after Christmas when everybody would throw their trees out for the garbage man,. Most of them still had the odd silver string of tinsel tangled and shining in their branches.
Large trucks would gather just the trees up Then a special[UNSPECIAL, if you ask me!], appointed day, every tree was put into a large heap and burned on the hill,Pia K,... one giant bon fire.
Way too sad!
Nowadays they ease their conscience by grinding the the trees to smithereens and using them for mulch.
Felisol, on the far side of the sea has been fighting for the lives of her giant pine trees. A neighbor of hers has been trying to win the right from the town to have them cut down.
Felisol says that generations of birds have been living there for ages and she does not want those majestic trees murdered!
I like your living Christmas tree Pia K, with all of its finery!...Love Terry

Ps..I like this little story Pia K.
Small Pine
Long, long ago, in a land far away lived a perfect little tree, named Small Pine. Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form, and be selected by the queen as her Christmas tree. Yet as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to birds, rabbits and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged!

Fortunately the queen had a different idea of perfection. The queen, her family and all of the villagers said that Small Pine was the finest Christmas tree yet, for in looking at its drooping nibbled branches, they saw the protecting arm of their father, or the comforting lap of a mother. Some like the wise queen saw the love of Christ expressed on Earth.

So, as you walk among evergreens today, you'll find along with rabbits, birds and other happy living things, many trees like Small Pine. You'll see a drooping limb which gives cover, a gap offering a warm resting place, and branches ragged from feeding hungry animals. For, as have many of us, the trees have learned that living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of The Lord.

Sorry for my long windiness!
But you see, I really liked this post!
Have a blessed Sunday Pia K.

Pia K said...

Thanks for stopping by, Paz.

Happy holidays to you too, Kay!

I'm glad to hear that, Per.

Nice to have you with me on this, Becky. I have been contemplating getting me a tree like yours, but I wonder how well it would work with cats and dogs... Besides, I want one in a shape I haven't seen around in the shops (not that I have been looking that hard). Have a great Christmas you too!

Terry, no problem whatsoever with a long comment, that means that someone has appreciated the post - or granted, been annoyed about it, which I suppose sometimes can be the case - and like to share their views, I like that! And I so enjoy to hear that there are more people out there who share my views on these poor trees - even if it also makes me really sad that too many don't seem to care and take too much for granted when it comes to nature. That's a very sweet and wonderful story about Small Pine, thanks for sharing!

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