The holiday season is a time of joy for all. For Christians, it's a celebration of their messiah's birth. For Jews, it's a celebration of long-lasting lamp oil. And for Muslims and everybody else, it's a full week off from work.
The holiday season can be stressful.
The minor holidays are easy—buy a few gifts, cook a few meals and, before you know it, it's over. But the season's final and most important holiday still looms. And there's nothing more nerve-wracking than the run-up to Arbor Day.
Only five more shopping months.
Late April isn't that far off, so don't wait too long to shop for your family's favorite seedlings. Otherwise, you'll be frantically searching tree nurseries on Brown Friday for the season's “hot” conifers and hardwoods. Good luck finding little Timmy's Platanus Sycamore after January.
Get in the holiday mood with music.
As a kid, Arbor Day meant getting all hopped up on birch sap wine, and singing carols like “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” and “Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me.” But our favorite was that classic hymn, “Fake Plastic Trees,” because nobody captures the upbeat, celebratory nature of Arbor Day quite like Radiohead.
There's just something in the air.
Despite its recent commercialization, the tree planter's holiday nonetheless reminds people of the importance of trees. So, this April, toss back some birch booze, plant a tree or two, and reflect on what's truly important in life—namely, breathable oxygen.