Thursday, 27 December 2007

Xmas Marks the Spot

Sorry if you're sick of Christmas already. I mean, why shouldn't you be, given that we've been celebrating it since September or so. I'm taking it easy for a few days while we host My Lovely Wife's sister (My Lovely Sister-in-Law?) but I will offer this image for those who think the holiday season is downright dangerous:


This decorated evergreen is in the center of Oxford, at St. Giles, near St. John's College. I wonder, is the chain link fence around it to keep passersby from attacking it? Or to keep it from attacking passersby?

6 comments:

mark from aelxandria said...

Perhaps the Knights who say "Ni" are guarding St Giles. Merry Post-Christmas to all.

mark from the correctly spelled alexandria said...

yes, my spelling suffered from too much holiday cheer

Candadai Tirumalai said...

There have been reports of English cathedrals being systematically stripped of their lead, which apparently fetches a good price in the market and is difficult to trace. In response, cathedrals have enhanced their security. The Christmas tree in St. Giles may be at risk of sheer vandalism.

suburbancorrespondent said...

I think it's to keep people from letting their dogs pee on it. My husband was nearly driven to similarly desperate measures by a neighbor whose dog had an affinity for our boxwoods.

Sarah Laurence Blog said...

Clearly the railing failed to protect the poor tree from the blogger. "Happy" Christmas, John, and pace yourself. Christmas lasts until twelfth night in this country, Jan 5th!

John Kelly said...

I initially thought it must be to protect the tree from vandals, there being nothing the English won't abuse. Without the fence, the tree would probably be pushed over and its ornaments shattered. But maybe there's something to the dog-pee argument. People have already starting putting their old Xmas trees at a little collection point near our house in Summertown. When I take our Lab, Charlie, for a walk, he likes to pee on them. I feel a bit odd and try to hurry him along, in case he's committing some sort of sacrilege.