Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Tree Tent

While driving across town I stopped at Barney's Christmas trees sales tent at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Colonial Avenue. Trees start at $35. It was rather cold so I sat in the sun. I like the way the natural conifers blend it with the cut trees on display around and in the tent. I was almost tempted to get one but putting up a tree and then taking it right down again the next week seems like such a waste. I only saw one family buying a tree and there were plenty of trees inside so it looked tome like sales might be down. There was a large dumpster behind this tent piled high with tree branches, maybe I could do something with those? Pine needles to make a fairly good mulch. For all the Christmas themed events I have been sketching, I just haven't been feeling in the holiday spirit. Running around town every day to do a sketch is starting to feel like work. I find the commercialization of the Holiday uninspiring.
I have heard of random acts of kindness that have bought people together. For instance some of the cast of The Singing Christmas Trees will be Caroling for Margaret, a friends mother, who is at home in Hospice care. Margaret and her daughter, Mary, used to go to The Singing Christmas Trees every year. Of course this year they were unable to go. Simple acts like this are what Christmas is all about.

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