We bought a Christmas tree this year. As with many things here in Zambia, it was an experience. There is a nursery across the road that sells quite a lot of different plants so we went there and asked if they had any Christmas trees. The guy we spoke to said they did. Brilliant. So we started on a long walk into the bush, during which time he told us that he had seen in the movies how us ‘Americans’ bring trees inside at Christmas. After a while we came to some very tall and very spindley pine trees and said we could pick which one we liked, they’d chop it down, and then just cut off the top for our tree! Hahaha! It was hilarious. I forgot my phone and camera which was a real shame because it would have produced some funny photos. Anyhow, we now have a real tree. It’s fairly thin, but it works.
We tried decorating it by adding lights and ornaments only somehow it looked far worse with the decorations than without. Perhaps it was the way the branches buckled under the weight of a plastic bauble. So, after adding them, we took them off so it’s more of a natural, minimalist look than perhaps we’re used to.
A few days later Dan found a chameleon on our road and decided to put it in the tree to give it a home in our home. It made it’s way to the very top and was our tree topper for a while. It’s not every year that happens! Sadly said chameleon has since migrated (though I dread to think where he might be lurking about in our house!) so we are back to an ornamentless tree.
Merry Christmas all!