December 2006
Home Grown Tomatoes

Here’s a Twist on the Holidays!

I truly hope you ate plenty on Thanksgiving and offered help at a local soup kitchen or mission.

Now let us focus on the holidays leading up to winter solstice.

The winter solstice officially occurs at 1822 hrs. CST on December 22, 2006. This is the shortest day of the year for the northern hemisphere. Don’t worry. On December 23rd, the days will start getting longer and we can start looking forward to that great holiday…Groundhog Day!

This time of year, I’m reminded of two episodes of the sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati. The first one was a Thanksgiving episode where the General Manager, Arthur Carlson (The late-great Gordon Jump) had planned the perfect promotion to spread goodwill toward our fellow man.

He decided to release farm-raised turkeys in a shopping mall parking lot. Only he decided to release them from a helicopter.

I’ll never forget his closing statement at the end of the show. He said, "As God is my witness; I thought turkeys could fly!"

In a later episode (Christmastime) everyone felt sorry for Jennifer (Loni Anderson) and brought her Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. As Johnny Fever (Howard Hessman) entered her door with his gift he said, "In the name of Christmas, I killed you a tree!"

With that last statement in mind, I want to remind you that the reasons we celebrate the season with a tree hasn’t anything to do with any religions, but with the changing of seasons.

Even with the changing of the seasons, it isn’t any reason to kill a tree.

Alabama has a wide selection of Christmas tree farms. You can buy them cut or not. If you buy them balled and burlap, you can plant them later in the yard.

Last year, I saw a beautiful holiday display that showed me all aspects of the season. My friends had dug three large pine trees and placed them in the most prominent place in the house, covered the floor with pine straw and stood a large deciduous limb in the corner.

On the branches of the deciduous limb there were three ornamental birds gently placed. Above the trees, there was a display of white lights placed on the ceiling to represent the stars of a clear winter’s night.

Try something different than the norm this year.

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