Living Christmas Tree

December 26th, 2014, 7am

The yearly axing of millions of trees as a central part of the celebration of Christmas seems to me a morally dubious proposition at best, if not actually sacrilegious. I know that, for most folk, Christmas is now almost entirely secular, but that surely doesn’t excuse natural vandalism on this appalling scale, especially at a time when the planetary systems that maintain life are so vulnerable to change.

Growing our own tree for holiday decoration works a lot better for us. This is the third year we’ve used the same tree which lives in a container on the front verandah. Eventually, it may be planted out in the garden, but at the moment, it seems perfectly happy grown as a bonsai. And it’s not bad as a Christmas tree either.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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