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Well, that was a fast 5 months. Where does the time go?

Brief, informative update: I moved to just above the Caltrain station in SF (5th and Berry St.). I moved in with my boyfriend. I am required to play WoW til level 35 (probably goblin hunter). I cooked my first ever Thanksgiving turkey of actual whole turkeyness and failed to eat leftovers. I'm going to Massachusetts for Christmas. I'm turning 29 in January, which is almost 30, but not quite, so I think I'm okay with it.


It's Christmastime, which means that there are lots of lights and pretty-smelling trees. (There are other things too, but it's the trees I care about for the arena of this post.) Every year, I have a debate with at least a few people about the nature of Christmas trees. I generally use an artificial tree that I've had now for 5 years. I buy a new ornament each year in order to fulfill my desire for shiny new Christmas things, and this system works for me. Other people, however, insist that the only 'real' Christmas tree is one that's been chopped down from a forest somewhere.

Now, yes, 'real' Christmas trees smell nice and they generally look prettier than artificial ones. But they're dying, and will be lifeless, brown husks by the end of the Christmas season, fit for only being tossed to the curb or maybe, if you're really lucky, burned in the fireplace. I'm sorry, folks, but somehow my ideas of Christmas and the ideas of death/dying/killing things simply to look pretty just don't really work together.* And there is almost nothing more depressing than seeing a once-beautifully decorated Christmas tree left on the sidewalk like so much garbage, like the memories of that Christmas meant nothing. So my solution is an artificial tree.

Artificial trees are kind of like old friends. You bring them back every year and remember the particular quirks. I like artificial trees because they're just easier -- can't find a good branch to hang that ornament on? Just bend the branches and rearrange them. Ornament too heavy and you're afraid it's going to fall off? Bend the branch around the hook to provide a secure place for it. And no watering, no shedding of needles all over your floor, no having your fingers get poked by needles' sharp ends or hands covered in sap. Aside from the lack of pine fresh scent and occasional breakage of the stand, artificial trees are kind of amazing.

Now, I will admit that every year, I consider buying a real, live tree, potted and all. But then I would have to deal with a tree (an out of season tree!) in my small San Francisco apartment that would much rather be living outside somewhere cooler. I don't have a backyard in which to plant it, and it's not going to be happy living in a pot forever. This whole situation seems unfriendly to both me and the tree.

Happily, I have found a solution that maybe I will implement next year. Did you know that there are companies that rent Christmas trees? Admittedly, at least in San Francisco, these aren't the conifers that you're looking for, but it's kind of a cool idea. See: (as per a Sunset magazine article on being environmental this Christmas: Not only do you get a tree for the month, but afterwards, they plant them somewhere else to bring arboreal delight to passersby. Cool, right?

I suspect that proponents of the 'real' Christmas tree will still disagree with my view point. I don't think I care.

This post brought to you by the Small Coalition For No More Dead Christmas Trees.
*And no, the Jesus-death-resurrection story and its association with Christmas does not count here. Christmas is a time for family and happiness. Not death.

Date: 2010-12-09 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My artificial tree has been in my family for, believe it or not, 31 years. And it is gorgeous! And now it's MINE! :)
I know I'm probably biased, but I think it looks just as good as most "real" trees!

Date: 2010-12-09 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Christmas is not about the Jesus death-resurrection story; that's Easter and it's in the spring, traditionally. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus and his coming to this world. It's not really about death at all :)

Also, WoW! I don't know if you know, but myself, Sarah, Mike, Peter, J and Jeff are all playing together and wishing we had more people we know (ideally at least one or two more) so we can do larger group things eventually (hell yeah we'd totally try doing 10-man raids with eight people). The notion that you were going to start playing when Cataclysm came out was brought up, and it seems that no one has yet invited you!

We would love to have you (and your boyfriend) join us on the Shadowsong server. Only thing is, we're playing Alliance :( I don't know how set you are on Goblins... Do consider it, though?


Date: 2010-12-09 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll second that we'd love to have you join us on Shadowsong. Incidentally, for most of us, the Shadowsong characters are kind of Alliance alts; most of us have Horde characters elsewhere that we still play regularly. So you could have your goblin cake and eat it too. As it were.

Date: 2010-12-09 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yeah, my bad. What Sarah said!

I totally forgot to mention that we only play together once a week and therefore there will be lots of time for your own Goblin funtimes. :)

Date: 2010-12-09 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What level are you guys up to on Shadowsong? What class are you missing in the party?

Date: 2010-12-09 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We most urgently need another healer. Also, we are at 70+, slowly working our way up to level cap. But we'll help you level and so on.

Date: 2010-12-11 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Granted, as well, there's always starting new characters. : )

Date: 2010-12-09 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This :)

I'm all about artificial trees...real trees present real fire hazards -_-;

Date: 2010-12-09 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm going to also have to make a WOW comment (although I play in a horrifically antisocial way). We're on Malorne and several other servers.

A few times we've totally just gone out to the park, found a viable branch, brought it home, stuck it in a bottle, and looped some garland on it for our christmas tree. This year it's on the mantel in a Jameson's bottle. Free, aesthetically pleasing in a minimal way, and already dead!


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