Every year we have this bizarre custom in America. Teams go out and select the most beautiful tree, then we kill it. We proceed to haul it to Washington and throw a ghastly net over it covered with monotonous lights. Surely we all remember the giant poinsettia-decorated tree from the years Nancy Reagan reigned in the White House. Was that the first of the worst? It’s hard to remember.
So, yet again, we have killed the most beautiful tree that could be found for our viewing pleasure. But wait, there’s more. This year, not to be outdone, a tree that survived Superstorm Sandy was donated by its owner to be killed and put on display in Rockefeller Center, and everybody mindlessly oohs and aahs.
Can we not cease this idiotic behavior? In the future, give the chosen tree an official presidential pardon and erect a magnificent artificial tree with better decorations. Everybody would be happy and there’s no shredded landfill fate for the now-dead tree come January.
Look at those trees, fellow citizens. Has good taste and common sense completely fled from the land? In England and Australia they honor and protect their most beautiful trees. So should we.
Libby Workman, Hixson, Tenn.