Five-Foot, Fifty-Dollar Green Beauty

by Francesca Hyatt | December 14, 2021 | ,

The sight of your friends’ faces illuminated by hot light, standing in a circle as flames leap into the air, as needles crackle and burst, as sparks fly, this image will stay with you. This moment feels holy.

They smell good. They stand in an inch or two of water, fastened into a plastic dish. Their boughs hold strings of lights and ornaments, delicately carved wooden shepherds, bright and gaudy metallic things, balls, tinsel, depending. They mesmerize you as a kid, you sit looking longingly at the gifts beneath, you feel a quiet joy when the lights come on, which in your family means taking the extra-long matches and lighting candles fastened to bending branches in wobbly metal holders. Your people love any excuse to sit by candlelight, sing songs and eat ginger cookies, your people love Christmas.

As a teenager they disgust you. Trees from the forest, cut down to stand for a few scant weeks inside living rooms all across the western world? Nasty chemicals sprayed


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