I’ve seen a discarded Christmas tree on the street for a week or so. It has been leaning to a wall, probably waiting to be taken away, maybe overlooked or forgotten.
Today afternoon the tree had lights on and decorations hanging on its branches. It was the weirdest sight in the darkening evening: snow falling slowly from the sky, I passed the tree, and it took me a minute to realize it had lights on. I walked closer and saw blue and golden decorations on the branches.
How strange. Unusual. But made me smile.
Now that I passed the tree some three hours later, there were no more lights or decorations on it. I had to walk right next to the tree to make sure there really were no more decorations on it.
Strange. But maybe the kind of strange that gives fuel to good stories.
Even though the strange event is from the streets of Helsinki, it could well have been from the movie Land of Plenty that I watched today. I don’t know why but the absurdity of the discarded and temporarily decorated Christmas tree might suit the movie made in the aftermath of 9/11, telling hopeful stories of broken people.
Maybe it was a statement against climate change? We should have had all this beautiful snow already for Christmas! When I was a child, we always had snow in December. Lately all four seasons seem to begin later than before.
♠ In the meantime: If you can, come and visit Helsinki now in January/February. There’s plenty of snow, layers and layers of white powder everywhere. The snow brings such wonderful lightness with it. Come, come!
♥ Song of the day: Leonard Cohen, Letters