Scent of a new season

Rudolph's Christmas tree standBell’s seasoning and roasting turkey scented the air yesterday, but that was yesterday. Thanksgiving’s now officially over. Today’s olfactory aura is one of evergreen and pitch. Rudolph’s Christmas tree lot has found a home again this year at Bluebonnet and South Lamar, inconspicuous amidst the new construction on the Maria’s Taco Xpress lot, but still there. For us, it’s closer than the Optimist lot, which has also been a faithful tree source over the years. Besides, I always admire the hand-painted signs and other artistic touches that grace this tiny seasonal enterprise. This year’s display makes tree stands into a decorative wall element and shows them to be just as ornamental as the wreaths showcased right next to them. We like to bring a tree home while it’s still fresh. It will gain nothing by sitting outdoors, even in water and under a shade, and, since the official closing of the transoms yesterday morning, the house is “warmed” by one floor furnace, which will in no way curtail this tree’s period of fir freshness. Now it’s time to start baking cookies.

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