Sunday, December 07, 2008

Needling Nature.

Why do we do these things: take a place of trees

and lakes

and change it into this: stalls smelling of hot sugar and fried onions,

and a man selling a turn with a bird of a prey for a quid?

Even a single month...

is too long. The trees are bundled, upturned, labelled and carried away to the sound of piped music...

...all this for the faint scent of the forest in our room, and greenery, which we will cover in tinsel and artificial snow. It is a temporary victory; like the stalls and the music and the labels on the trees all this will soon be swept away - and we will be left with less than we started with.

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Blogger Susangalique said...

very poignant

Mon Dec 08, 01:11:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...


Mon Dec 08, 08:46:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Susnagalique, it is, I think...I hate the way this forest has become commercialised every December. It used to be fun, but now it's not.

Mon Dec 08, 08:58:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

At our house we eschew Christmas decos of any sort.

In fact even when I was a child we didn't have Christams trees all that often, other than the ones I made out of a stray branch of something or other. I used to paint it silver and hang shiny stuff on it like tinsel. Um yes, i was a creative child.

Mon Dec 08, 10:14:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Anne, I'm coming round to that way of thinking. We have decided this year would be our last for this little outing - we'd stopped enjoying it.

Mon Dec 08, 10:23:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

Mmmm beautifully worded but sad scenes. I've been writing little daily 'behind the advent calendars windows' observing the down side of this season. Bah humbug that I am!

Wed Dec 10, 11:17:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Jem -what a great idea about the advent windows. I've jut inspected all your blogs to see if I can see them, but they're not there, but I can't see them.

Wed Dec 10, 01:50:00 pm  
Blogger jem said...

Glad to know you're keen to share my unfestive spirit. As yet the anti-advent ramblings are only in my notebook but I might work them up into a post just for you!

Wed Dec 10, 02:28:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you, Jem!

Wed Dec 10, 02:34:00 pm  
Blogger jem said...

Ta da! Your wish is my command. Hot off the press at 'a longing for the impossible'!

Wed Dec 10, 03:24:00 pm  

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