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Citizen complaint of the day: Usually people wait until after Christmas to dispose of their trees

Pre Christmas Tree in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen reports on a poor unloved Christmas tree just lying on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall:

Perfectly good Christmas Tree left on Comm. Ave Mall @ Hereford St. Been there over 12 hours. Its about a 9 footer. It was probably too big for someone's apartment and they just ditched it.

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to see Christmas trees being disposed of before Christmas in the Back Bay. I attribute it to people who plan to travel over Christmas but want a tree for decoration before Christmas. Is that extravagant or wasteful? Not really more so than any Christmas tree. Or wreath, poinsettia, etc. They all get thrown out in a matter of days or weeks.

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"Not really more so than any Christmas tree. Or wreath, poinsettia, etc. They all get thrown out in a matter of days or weeks."

My poinsettia last year lasted from Christmas through June. It seemed appropriate, since we still had snow on the ground in June. Interestingly enough, the one I bought this year died almost immediately and I had to get another.

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I once had a poinsettia for close to three years. I've known folks who have had them much longer. With a bit of love, they can last quite a while.

One thing some people do that kills poinsettias is to overwater them. They get root rot. That's what did mine in - I had put it outside in it's pot, to let it soak some sun, but forgot about it and a sudden huge rainstorm flooded the pot. There was nothing I could do but watch it wither away slowly after that.

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My son brought home one from one of his event lighting jobs and I think I have been overwatering it (though not fatally - yet). I'll back off.

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The green leaves will begin to yellow if it's had too much water. If they all start to fall off...

Suldog
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Maybe spmething unexpected and bad happened so they left it for someone else to use.

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the malls are always packed this time of year

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Hopefully this means someone will have a free tree this year.

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I've seen perfectly good trees left out in the alley a week before Christmas -- they're always gone by the next day. Regular trash pick-up won't take them, so someone is definitely taking them into their homes as Christmas trees.

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Yeah, instead of posting on Citizens Connect, they should have posted this to the Craigslist free section.

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not too far from a bunch of dorms and frats. It's highly likely that a dorm/frat had a tree (perhaps one they snuck in because they weren't technically allowed under the school's fire code) and then had to ditch it before everyone went home for Christmas.

It'd be an easy walk from any of the dorms to Comm Ave at Hereford, especially if you're two (vaguely tipsy) guys carrying the tree under the cover of darkness, while a few girls tailed along giggling and laughing about "OMG we're SO RANDOM! Hashtag Merry Christmas!" and taking selfies as they select the most "hilarious" spot to ditch the tree.

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Somebody burned a hole in the sofa, So Phil decides no Christmas until somebody owns up to it. Then promptly drags the tree out .

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Poinsettias are actually summer plants and can live forever

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... and introduced to the USA in the 1820s by our first ambassador to Mexico, whose name happened to be Joel Roberts Poinsett. Poinsettia is certainly easier to deal with tha "cuetlaxochitl" (the Aztec name of the plant).

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Nochebuenas (Christmas Eve), and they have been eeeverywhere down here for a while. The traffic roundabouts and parks get re-planted with them and the market florists are bursting with them.

There's also a seasonal Poinsettia-themed beer called Nochebuena that's only sold for a short time and some people go so nutbars over it they stock up to keep for the coming months. Any of the eleventy billion posada Christmas parties which one attends will have at least one case of Nochebuenas. I'm pretty sure it doesn't taste like Poinsettias. Unless, do Poinsettias taste like beer?

... this has been a random anon, your Guide to the World of Poinsettia Facts.

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solution.

The Pinkertons were the subject of a children's book of short stories I remember from my distant youth about a big, prosperous Victorian family. Every story followed the same arc: the family encounters some problem that common sense would quickly solve. The adults have no common sense, so they pursue a series of increasingly elaborate, ridiculous attempts to solve the problem.

The youngest girl-child, a moppet on the order of Cindy Lou Who, eventually suggests an obvious common-sense solution. Problem solved, everyone has a hearty laugh. A trope I loved as a kid: "You really are smarter than your parents." Great pen-and-ink (or maybe engraved) illustrations, too.

One example I recall: Mom accidentally puts salt in her tea, thinking it's sugar. An absurd series of additives are tried to correct the mistake to no avail. Finally, Cindy Lou says, "Why not throw out the tea and make a new cup?"

In the too-tall Christmas tree scenario, the grownups cut holes in the ceiling and the floor of the living room before Cindy Lou pipes up to suggest cutting off some of the bottom part of the tree.

Googling "The Pinkertons" doesn't turn up these stories, so I'm guessing the family name is something different from my aged memory. Anyone remember the right name?

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The Aristocrats.

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IMAGE(http://www.clarkgriswoldcollection.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Christmas-Vacation-Tree-Griswold.jpg)

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Wish they had that movie on Netflix...

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Cool! I remember those stories -- it was "The Peterkin Papers."

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Thanks, anon. Now I can die in peace.

Here's the book, for the curious.

And my memory was faulty on another count: the voice of common sense wasn't the young daughter, but a neighbor known as the Lady from Philadelphia.

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Bill O'Reilly's book you'd know this is one of the signs of the demise of America. The War on Christmas stared with a subtle shift from "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays". Its evolved to accepting radical Mexican, Islamic, illegal immigrant children murdering Christmas decorations. We were warned that we had to either fight them over there or fight them here. We didn't listen. Now these ISIS inspired illegal immigrant Mexican Muslim children and future democrats are executing Christmas trees in public. Foam.......Trump 2016!

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Only slave Christmas trees are burned on the common.

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Somebody take that homeless tree to the Pine Street Inn.

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