The turkey is down to bones, and even the cranberry salad is gone. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are distant memories (at least until the credit card bill arrives) and now it’s time for thoughts of Christmas … in case you hadn’t heard.
And after the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself, one of the most popular symbols of the season is the Christmas tree. Coming in all shapes, sizes, and styles, each one represents warm memories of family, friends, and pleasant, relaxing times in special places.
Discovering new interpretations of this centuries-old tradition is always a treat, such as the towering tree on the beach promenade in Larnaca, Cyprus. Amazingly, it’s entirely constructed from recycled plastic bottles and cans!
This tree is remarkable for a number of reasons. First, someone came up with the idea and actually brought it to fruition. Imagine trying to sell this idea to your boss.
Next, envision collecting and sorting just the RIGHT type of bottles and cans, with the correct color.
Then engineers enter the picture, and determine how this incredible collection of trash can be lashed together to survive the holidays on a windy beach. It has all the marks of a team effort, and Christmas is nothing, if not about togetherness.
It isn’t traditional, but it’s beautiful at night with lights shining through labels of Coke, 7Up and Sunkist. City officials deserve a pat on the back for their imagination. This festive tree sends a clear message of conservation, and adds a bit of joie de vivre to the beach.
Good luck finding (or building) your perfect tree.
P.S. Coincidentally, we were there on the day they disassembled the tree. And guess what? Everything went into city recycling bins.