January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas and time for everyone to take down the decorations.
I am not a Christian, so I see the progress of this festival like a visitor from a foreign culture looking at the natives and their habits. It’s just the way it is.
My first thought is to wonder at the huge number of Council lorries that need to be called out tonight (the Council always collects trash at night) to cope with all the thousands of discarded trees left outside houses and apartments.
The Council collects trash twice a week and normally when I put out the trash in the evening, I see the glint of lamplight on black plastic bags stretching down the street.
The bags are small compared to these trees, so I imagine that collecting the trees must entail a whole different level of vehicles and manpower.
It’s a once-a-year event. So do the Council have lorries waiting for this once-a-year event? Do they have to hire in extra vehicles?
Where do they take them? Are they just dumped in a landfill? Do they render them down to little chips and recycle them?
And what are these fruiting bodies on this wreath. They are surely too big for berries. Are they cherries?