HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Oh, Christmas Trees! Oh, Christmas Trees!

Nothing embodies the spirit of the holiday season like a cute little evergreen that has been chopped down and given the title of “Christmas Tree.”  Oh sure, there are other Christmas symbols out there, such as candy canes, wreaths, wrapped presents, reindeer, Santa Claus, angels, frankincense, Jesus, etc. . . . but nothing shouts out “MERRY CHRISTMAS” as meaningfully as a perfectly symmetrical Scotch Pine or Spruce, loaded up with tinsel, shiny ornaments, strings of lights, and a golden star on top.  I really like Christmas trees.  I like Christmas trees so much that I don’t even call them view-blockers–like I do with most other trees.  And I like them so much that I’ll be featuring a few of them here on my Christmas version of the Cycle365 Holiday Challenge.

Of course, Christmas trees are all over the place this time of year.  Where’s the challenge in THAT?

Fair enough!  Therefore, I have challenged myself to make the challenge a little more challenging.  There will be NO pictures of Christmas trees that were taken out of a box from WalMart and assembled in somebody’s living room.  And more importantly, almost all of them are truly HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

Subtracting from the challengingness of the challenge is that it is slightly above freezing today.  At 33-degrees (F), it’s downright HOT.  I figured I might as well take advantage of the opportunity, because I know it probably won’t be quite so pleasant on New Year’s Day.

[Important Note:  I’m posting this early because I’ll be out of town visiting family on the actual day of Christmas.]

 

THE FIRST OFFICIALLY-DESIGNATED CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE 150-YEAR-HISTORY OF MY TOWN.

 

THE FIRST OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE 26-YEAR-HISTORY OF MY PORCH.

 

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER SHOVELED OUT OF THE SNOW IN THE HISTORY OF CYCLE365.

 

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPED BY THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM SINCE THE YEAR 0–WHICH WAS SOMETHING LIKE TWO THOUSAND TWENTY YEARS AGO.

 

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

13 response to "HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: Oh, Christmas Trees! Oh, Christmas Trees!"

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 20, 2019

      Thank you, Suzanne, and Merry Christmas to you and Janos too. It must be something very different down in southeast Asia. I can’t imagine Christmas in a tropical climate, but I think I’d be willing to try it out.

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 20, 2019

    Merry Christmas Greg. A wonderful post with such a creative and interesting collection of trees ;’-)

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 20, 2019

      It was easy, Nancy. Who couldn’t love trees that don’t block anybody’s view.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 20, 2019

    Super great photo of the tree and the setting solstice sun!

    Merry Christmas!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2019

      Rich, believe it or not, that setting solstice sun photo was taken at around 11:00 a.m. The sun is so low in the sky this time of year that it seems to be setting all day long.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 21, 2019

    Ahh snow…it looks so cool, and it makes an excellent bike stand too.

    Have a great Christmas

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 21, 2019

      Led, I will try to relieve your pain by posting as many pictures of snow and cold air as possible. I can’t believe how hot and dry your entire continent has been.

      And you’re right, there is no need for a kickstand when there’s a foot of snow on the ground.

      The big Packer-Viking showdown is coming up Monday night. Will you be able to see your favorite team go down in defeat down there in Australia?

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 21, 2019

        Hey ,a sporting challenge and I could throw in a cycle too. After some googling, the game starts here at 9.15am on 24th Dec and our local sports hotel is still closed so I might be able to cycle to the Crown Sports Bar at the casino, which is open 24 hours, stay tuned and prepare yourself for a whippin.

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 22, 2019

      Thanks, Rockin’ Girl. Sometimes I go to great lengths to make a silly joke. In this case, I wasted a good 20 minutes in digging out that Christmas tree. Thanks for noticing.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: December 22, 2019

    Merry Christmas to you, Greg! That is a wonderful collection of photos. Maybe I can shovel out a Christmas tree in some dirt. On rare occasions, it has snowed in the mtns here at Christmas. I think the last time I can remember that was in 2006. It DEFINITELY won’t be happening this year. They are suggesting we might not get any precipitation for the next month and Christmas Day is forecast to be 39 where I live. Of course, I know you would love 39F for Christmas as a heat wave, but 39C is just a bit too much (but better than the 43C they are forecasting for the 28th!). Looking forward to more mammoth icicle shots later in the season 🙂 Take care up there!

    • By: gregblood Posted: December 22, 2019

      According to the weather forecasters, we might actually get that 39-degree (F) Christmas you spoke of. That would be great. I try to make the best of our nasty winters, but overall I prefer warmer weather. But, damn, I don’t like warm weather so much that I’d want to go through what you Australians are enduring.

      Yes, I’ll do another gigantic icicle documentary sometime in late February or early March–complete with Attenbourough-like narration.

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