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strange in the city


i think it’s funny how some people discard their christmas trees the moment christmas is over.  i imagine there are several reasons;
1. they are just not that into the ho, ho, ho of the season and relish the day it’s behind them
2. they have had enough of the cat climbing the tree and smashing many ornaments in the process
3.  the dog thinks the tree is an indoor port-a-potty
or
4. they’ve fled to paris or some exotic island to ring in the new year, leaving the staff in charge of tree disposal prior to their return to the city.

there may be other reasons, but those are the first that come to mind.  of course there are the peeps whom prolong the merriment of the season throughout the entire month of january and some into february.  whatever the case, dying trees line the city streets from the end of december through mid february.

this year i’ve noticed something quite odd about the discarded trees. maybe you can explain.  take a look at these east midtown pix and see if you notice anything odd.

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anyone?

have you noticed anything unusual about these discarded trees?  every day since christmas, i see the same thing and i have yet to figure it out.  what is confusing me is why not one tree has a shred of tinsel left on it.  i haven’t had a tree in many years, but i can clearly remember that it is virtually impossible to remove every single strand of tinsel from a decorated tree.  did i miss the news about the tinsel ban?  did something terrible happen with tinsel and it’s no longer available?  how can people properly decorate a christmas tree without tinsel?  have tinsel-less trees become all the rage and no one bothered to tell me?

I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for evidence of tinsel everywhere in the east fifties and have yet to see even one stray strand anywhere.
there has not even been one small piece of remaining garland hiding in the branches.

can someone please tell me what is going on?

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“To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ”
 ~ E. B. White