|The annual Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, Chicago. Let the sauerkraut reign!|
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Not Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree
The City of Chicago has managed to get trees donated from area residents the last few years. (They used to lash together many smaller trees to make the bigger one and I thought that was pretty ingenious although labor intensive, i.e. expensive.) Two or three years ago, they had a tree that was just terrible -- thin, rangy, not anything like bushy. I thought I was alone in this estimation but I had a bus driver going east on Washington past Daley Plaza who opined, "Where did they manage to get Charlie Brown's Christmas tree? That looks terrible." Since then, the donated, former-front-lawn trees have been improvements and this year's looks kind of pretty. I went to Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza this year with coworkers for a private thing (hardly a party; it was a thing) in one of the rent-a-tents. I ate and ducked out early and took this picture of the crowd and the tree before I got on the El.