Passage #231: 8 January 2014

Tree Trimming Tea Timing



Consider for a moment the plight of the poor Christmas trees, raised from seedlings for the sole purpose of bringing us joy (or at least the trappings of festivity) for a few short weeks, only to have their temporary caretakers hurl them ungraciously out to the curb, perhaps with great relief to finally be rid of all the symbolism that they have acquired. After that: mulch.

This week, we will attempt to give those trees one last hurrah while they are still in tree-shaped form -- sort of a Passage #15 + Passage #64 + Passage #178 + Christmas trees kind of thing. Is that a "kind" of thing? We're going to say yes. It is, more specifically, a kind of thing in which we set out on bicycles in search of a discarded tree (and perhaps some furniture that has suffered a similar fate), then decorate it while making tea and being generally festive on the curb.

We will be supplying the stoves, water, and teas; the streets will be supplying the trees. We will also be supplying a number of drinking vessels, but it is recommended that you BRING A CUP of your own for maximal tea enjoyment. Feel free also to bring any teas or food items you feel would be appropriate.

There will be some supplies for crafting your own ornaments should you find yourself so inspired, and if you have a particular ornament that you feel needs another hour of glory before being retired for the year, then by all means, bring it! Garlands, lights and other trimmings would be especially useful. All ornaments will, naturally, be taken back home when the night is done. We're not litter bugs, after all.

There will be one or two tree/tea stops, depending on how lucky we feel.

  • So, to recap, here is what will be supplied:
  • - Teas
  • - Hot water
  • - A few drinking vessels
  • - Crafting supplies for making ornaments
  • Here is what we will be seeking out:
  • - Christmas trees
  • - Furniture
  • Here is what you are encouraged to bring:
  • - A CUP
  • - Any tree trimmings you like (lights, especially, would be nice)
  • - Any teas you'd like to share
  • - Any tea- or holiday-related food items you'd like
  • - Enthusiasm and perhaps a bit of patience

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