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Saturday, January 14, 2012

O Christmas Tree

For Many of us, this is how we remember our Christmas tree. Typically we think of the ornaments, lights and whatever presents it might be gathered around the tree stand. Early in their life as part of our families, Christmas trees tend to make men say things that are not very . . . well,  "Christmasy." They often say un-Christmasy things  while putting the tree into a stand or trying to get the lights set perfectly around (and around) so that the other decorations may be attached.
Once the tree is up and in its second phase of family life, it becomes appreciated and loved. But then, Christmas is over. What about that tree? This year my tree has been called to a second tour of duty. It will stay a bit longer in our family creating more happy memories and taking our minds away from that first day when it caused so much trouble.
 While I often leave the tree in its stand just by the front door a few days, it is usually due to procrastination and a sense of putting off the end of Christmas.  It seems so sad to dump that perfectly nice green tree.
There have been many years that I have taken it down but used it to protect my Azaleas or Rhododendrons, hoping that the deer will eat on the needles of our Christmas tree, sparing my garden plants. Now that we have a fence (Building a fence or more fence building)  we no longer have a problem with deer. 
This year, though, it was left out front with a purpose.

I have scattered sunflower seeds into the tree. Underneath, juncos, cardinals and song sparrows reap the benefits of seeds that fell through onto the concrete below.
Chickadees become tree-toppers
and a Carolina wren nuzzles among its boughs,
taking advantage of protection from the wind
as it seeks out seeds balanced against the needles.
Downy woodpeckers find nourishment froms suet hanging heavily from a branch.
Now, remember that cardinal you saw in Yesterday's blog? Well, you have probably guessed it.  It was perched in the Howard family Christmas tree.


TexWisGirl said...

oh that is sweet! love that little wren!

Out on the prairie said...

lots of good use stilll for that tree

Willard said...

They really work well for this purpose. They both provide good thermal cover for the birds and an outstanding background to photograph them against.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great idea!

Carletta said...

What a wonderful idea and what a great opportunity to capture some bird images. I'm a little sad that I have a fake tree. :)

Thanks for visiting my fence post I took on a recent fall trip.
In answer to your question, no, I am not near Thomas but near Parkersburg in Northwest WV. We were visiting Cass, WV.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a great idea! You have so many different birds that visit your yard. I loved when you talked about the un-Christmasy things that are said as the tree is put in it's stand :) We've heard those here too.

Beyond My Garden said...

Carletta, I knew you lived around here (near Parkersburg) but thought it might be the Thomas windmills. I haven't seen the ones near Cass. We haven't been there in a few years though the train trip to the top of the mountain is one of my favorite things to do. I just love seeing what is growing at those higher elevations next to the track. It is different than from the road.

Catherine, very similar to car-packing time.