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December 6, 2010

Natural beauties

It’s that time of year again when Riversiders decorate their homes with all manner of holiday festoonery — most commonly with Christmas trees. Yaaawwn! … I’m not a fan. All that tinsel, those ornaments, the twinkly lights, the skirt, flocking (shudder) … I’ve just never found Christmas trees to be as enchanting as it seems most people find them to be. With the exception of the ironical, purposely tacky/kitschy/ugly Xmas tree, I just find them a tiresome eyesore. (Of course, I don’t mean your tree — yours is gorgeous.) So, as an alternative to what I find a seasonal blight I’d like to propose the trees in this post. Each one is beyond-festive, completely natural and truly a sight for sore eyes. No, the colors aren’t in keeping with the usual red/green formula, but I think their crimson and gold hues would have us forgetting all that soon enough … not convinced? Check the following exuberant examples, which were, like the trees above, photographed in local neighborhoods Sunday morning …

New color scheme

See what I mean? Note how the cool winter sun turns golden foliage molten … how it sets red leaves afire, transforming them into scarlet, crimson, deepest coral and ruby.


Could this tree’s over-accessorized conical cousin ever come close to its cascade of gold coins?


How many strings of lights would be needed to rival the eye-popping spectacle of this volcanic display of red-orange?

My plan to replace the traditional Christmas tree with these examples does need some work. Like, I don’t know what many of these trees are called, how they’d get through the front door, whether their colorful canopies will be intact on the big day, or what people should do with all those Snoopy ornaments. Still, I’d love a change … are you with me?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 1:12 pm

    I can just hear that fat snowman singing “Crimson and gold, crimson and gold….”


    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 6, 2010 1:21 pm

      Hear, hear … but don’t get me started on those carols!

  2. December 6, 2010 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the comments on my blog Reubin! I have to ask you what you do for “a living”. Your writing and sense of style and place are so awesome, I hope you are doing something in that vein and making lots and lots of dough doing so!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 6, 2010 9:36 pm

      Thanks for the compliments, Ginny … I’m an art director for the LATimes … your blog’s photography is very inspiring and has that ‘sense of place’ you mention, as well … I love stopping off there now and again and settin’ a spell.

  3. December 8, 2010 2:49 am

    Ah ha. You should write for them too! Thanks for sittin’ a spell, nice to have you as company!

  4. December 9, 2010 4:18 am

    “festoonery”. That’s just the right word. 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 9, 2010 4:23 am

      It’s preferable to “gimcrackery”, which I also love, and is perfectly appropriate …

  5. December 9, 2010 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the links, your articles are lovely and have that same personable feeling to them as your blog, especially the Thanksgiving table feature. Don’t be shy, link them to the blog!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 9, 2010 4:44 pm

      You kidding? They’ve been on for a while… just read back … I’m trying to come up with another project to link up with them next..,

      • December 10, 2010 2:37 am

        Maybe a “button” near the top of your blog would do the trick then all of the folks could get in touch with the paper and demand more!

      • reubix1 permalink*
        December 10, 2010 4:42 am

        Interesting suggestion, Ginny!

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