January 9. The Christmas tree is still standing. Decorated no less. That’s 42 days it has been indoors. Dead no less. It will come down this weekend, tomorrow or the next day. So it will get at least 43 days of glory, dressed in the best we could offer–shiny glass and steel and plastic. But it will be a fire hazard soon, if it ever wasn’t one.
Now we will have a little more space in the house. And we will use a little less electricity. But it has been nice to have around. Maybe we can put something else in its place. A basket of fruit? A cardboard cutout of Chewbacca? A bean bag chair? Maybe a pile of attractive rocks?
Nah. Let’s just get this thing out of here. Come spring it will fertilize the blueberries. No need to waste a perfectly good untrimmed Christmas tree, no?