I just realized it’s about time to start planning for Christmas.
The holidays have gotten easier to deal with since I started boycotting Wal-Mart over the company’s vicious treatment of former employee Debbie Shank, but I still intend to adhere to my annual tradition of getting all of my Christmas shopping done and buying two months’ worth of canned goods, pasta, and frozen vegetables by midnight on Oct. 31 so I can stay out of stores between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1.
To that end, I am shopping for socially responsible greeting cards (I think my favorite is the Amnesty International card with the globe and the dove and the Peace on Earth message) and planning an environmentally friendly Christmas tree.
I’ll probably set up the aluminum tree in the living room again, and I’ll probably make — and break — yet another promise to myself to get a color wheel for it this year, but I want to do a little bit more this time around.
We have a nice evergreen shrub in our front yard, the top of which should be reachable with a stepladder. We also have a smallish pine in the front yard that produces a few cones each year. While I was looking at the pine one day, I was inspired.
I got to thinking about that, and I decided I ought to celebrate Christmas this year by making a bird-friendly Christmas tree out of the evergreen in our front yard.
I’m looking forward to smearing pine cones with peanut butter and rolling them in birdseed. Maybe I can borrow somebody’s kid for that project. The little girls across the street are nuts about animals, so they’d probably dig helping me feed the birds.