It’s not to say that we don’t appreciate the beauty of trees in every season, but there’s something so dramatic about the bare limbs of a tree against the grey winter sky.
But some trees are little more shy about “baring all”.
Because evergreens are, well, ever green, you very rarely get to see the beautiful underlying architecture of these branches
Each Christmas, after all the gifts have been unwrapped, and after all the ornaments have been carefully packed for their year-long hibernation, we’ve had a tradition of offering up the Christmas tree to the goats. They attack the branched buffet with gusto, and within an hour there’s nothing left but the spindly, splendid skeletal remains.
This inspired an idea for our “naked” Christmas tree. (Along with our annual viewing of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special)
(If you don’t have a herd of goats to help you remove the needles, here’s a tip. Using a pair of rubber kitchen gloves, pull each branch straight and brush from the tip of the branch toward the trunk of the tree. The gloves help catch the needles and also keep the sticky pine tar from your fingers)
We’ve always been intrigued by the idea that when the Beekmans inhabitated the house, they likely had real candles aglow on the tree.
Here’s our modern (and safer) version, using glass orbs left over from the finale of America’s Oldest, Largest Garden Party and some battery-powered tea lights.
With all the lights turned off in the grand hallway, holiday visitors were greeted by a swarm of hovering lights. Marfa simply cannot compete!
How did you see Christmas different this year? Let us know in the comment section below.