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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I Want to See the Plastic Forest

posted by on December 26 at 16:03 PM

As Bethany Jean Clement reports in Bar Exam this week, the Icon Grill has nine full-size Christmas trees scattered throughout the restaurant. Nine. Christmas trees. Covered with, you know, ribbons and lamp-candles and shit. I was there with Clement when she made her foray into the Icon Grill last week, and ever since I’ve been wondering: Where do they store their nine full-size Christmas trees (they’re fake) after Christmas? Are the trees still up today? Have they been shunted into some kind of underground plastic forest, along with the wreaths from the windows and the ornaments and the garlands and everything?

Now please enjoy a bunch of information you didn’t ask for about the history of Christmas trees, including this: “Among the earliest Germanic tribes the Yule tradition was celebrated by sacrificing male animals and slaves by suspending them on the branches of trees.”

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I'm guessing they rent them.

Posted by guestimate | December 26, 2006 4:18 PM

The only time I've heard the term "plastic forest" is in referring to trees in developing countries being coated with lightweight plastic bags that float in the wind. Once they kill off the trees and all the leaves are gone, all that's left are the skeletal branches covered with colorful bags. Hence, plastic forests.

Posted by Noink | December 27, 2006 1:00 AM

Uhhh, I am a little concerned with the reference to the sacrafice of slaves in light of Christopher's previous post about his family Christmas experience. I am going to take a stab in the dark that Christmas is not his favorite holiday.

Posted by Andrew | December 27, 2006 5:21 AM

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