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Christmas trees

It doesn't feel like Christmas. My family and I have agreed to limit gift-giving, so I've had almost no exposure to holiday retail--though I did brave Trader Joe's this morning for some cookie ingredients. In my new job, a disparate team of employees and consultants banded together just a few weeks ago for a one-year project, and nobody has had the time or the familiarity for an office party.

There's no space in my living room for a Christmas tree. I have lights up around my porch already, all year long. And the weather is just gray and rainy. And besides, I've been arm-wrestling with demons for possession of my soul fighting depression for a while, and the whole Christmas thing has seemed a bit...extraneous.

But lo! (I can say "lo" because it's Christmas Eve) there are signs of victory. I went to the nearly-deserted Portland Nursery yesterday with my sis and bought trees!

I haven't had the slightest interest in my garden for well over a year, and if you'd asked me in the last few months, I'd've said, "Screw it. Tear it out and put in lawn and barkdust," so this urge to buy trees seemed like a return to the land of the living-on-earth.

And what's more, today I planted them. I got out there between rain showers in my grubby clothes and bandanna and the ugliest shoes ever to attract spiders in a shed over long periods of disuse, and I played in the mud.

I planted a persimmon and an apricot. Tall sticks, the both of them, but with little bud nodules all up and down their twigs, and the promise of round orange fruits some summer--this coming one, or the one after.

Afterwards, with compost and bark dust layered around, and the mud sprayed off my shovel, and the buckets put away and the plant tags saved (Prunus armeniaca, Diospyros kaki), I came in and threw my muddy clothes into the washer. I love that part. I showered, had a cup of tea, and then set about baking cookies.

To all my LJ friends, the joy of the season and a wish for peace and tranquility in the new year.


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Dec. 25th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
Happy holidays and a joyful new year to you as well! *uses a rather festive Simon icon in your honor*
Dec. 25th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
Yay Simon! I just watched Sean Maher in the suprisingly likable and not-that-sucky "Wedding Wars" that aired on A&E recently. He was adorable. And there was man-kissin'! Involving Sean! It was quite pretty.

Much love! And thank you for the card! It was soooo nice to get something actual in the mail!
Dec. 25th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Ooooo! Some lovely man-kissing and the safe arrival of the card! Huzzah on both counts. *beams* May your holidays be merry and bright, filled with man-kissin', cards, visions of persimmons and apricots, and many other delights for 2007. *snugs*
Dec. 25th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
That sounds wonderful to me--plus you get to top it of with the BTofR!
And love to you, too!
Dec. 25th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Merry-merry! Your icon is lovely! What does it depict?
Dec. 25th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
My mom's home town, Salzburg. :)
Dec. 25th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
I don't have a Christmas icon, so I offer this instead because it makes me feel warm inside and so do your trees. I'm glad you have a rekindled interest in living, growing things. I hope the holiday season brings warmth and cheer to your heart.
Dec. 25th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! And to you and your family. Your icon certainly is warming!
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Dec. 26th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
It felt that way to me, too.
Dec. 26th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
You know, the Christmas season can be so depressing in it's own right, but conquering the rain and grey skies to put new life into the ground is SO MUCH BETTER than any level of shopping for useless gifts and consumption. I am so happy to hear of your successful foray into the Nursery with Helen and even more excited by your execution of giving the fruit bearing trees a new home in your yard! If you keep this up I'll have my gardening buddy back by Spring! *Blush, blush* I'm so excited!

I can't think of a better way to spend a holiday weekend than planting new life for Spring and baking cookies!!! YEA for the cookies! Although, I have to admit I'm really done eating them for at least three months! I've had well over my share!

I hope your Christmas day has been relaxing and enjoyable for you and your wonderful family. Many hugs sent your way!
Dec. 26th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm going to make this a tradition. I don't know how many more trees my yard can support, but there's always room for another shrub or ornamental. At a minimum, I could go out and move something for the heck of it.

Thanks for your good wishes. I hope you're having a peaceful and pleasant Christmas with family--oh look! I see you're online...
Dec. 26th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
What a nice way to celebrate! I love the idea of giving life by digging your hands in the earth...there's something very holy in that, I think. This is a season celebrating (re)birth, after all, and not just in the Christian tradition. I'm happy that you've found some peace, even if it's just for the now (though it sounds like more than that), and that the prospect of going back to your garden is appealing.

Hooray for new traditions!
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Hooray indeed! There's nothing so sacred, really, as the earth itself. I'm feeling pretty good about the whole darn ball o' mud.
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Oooooo! I love new trees! Congratulations on your new acquisition and on actually planting them!

Happy New Year (almost)!
Dec. 30th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! And happy New Year to you and yours, too. Yes, buying things at the nursery is easy. Gettin' 'em in the ground is a whole 'nother order of effort. I'm quite pleased with myself. And nothing does for a body quite what digging in the dirt does.
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