Christmas trees

A Christmas 'tree' made from a big pine cone decorated with tiny wooden candles and figures
A Christmas ‘tree’ made from a big pine cone.

When I arrived on La Palma in 1990, Christmas trees were a new, foreign idea, so they were expensive. Most people had nativity scenes instead, and they still do. Since then, Christmas trees have become much commoner, and cheaper.



Since trees were expensive quite recently, I still see creative alternatives. The one above belongs to a friend, and it’s about 8 inches high. The one below is made from an dried agave flower.

A dry agave flower stalk sprayed gold and used as a Christmas tree
A dry agave flower stalk sprayed gold and used as a Christmas tree

My favourite so far this year is the tree in the silk museum, decorated with dyed silk cocoons and a star made of silk bobbins.

The Christmas tree in the silk museum in El Paso, La Palma
The Christmas tree in the silk museum

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  1. One year my dad had promised to get a Christmas tree and totally forgot – so we had a curved branch of an oak tree instead. We used lengths of cotton to suspend the baubles all in a straight line. Probably it look very odd, but I’ve converted the memory to resemble a rather festive modern at instillation.

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