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.]