The Ugly Tree
No amount of red ribbons can disguise the awful truth.
We’re talking about Christmas decorations this week – hits and misses. It’s obvious what category this “tree” falls into.
The Charlie Brown appeal of it clouded my judgment when I found it free on the sidewalk this summer, piled with a bunch of other items left over from a garage sale. The $15 tag suggested at one time someone thought it had value. I lugged it home two blocks on a July evening, stored it in the garage all fall and pulled it out this weekend.
In the cold light of day, a crooked piece of birch limb with artificial branches screwed on, a string of pine cone lights and an odd gap in the center lacked true Christmas spirit.
Since I’ve harbored it this long, I decided to dress it up as best I could. Once Christmas is over, I guess I’ll drag it to the curb and see if someone else will fall for it like I did.