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The Slice: Changing his stand on watering

Today The Slice presents a transcript of an exclusive interview with a Spokane kid who has finally admitted that no amount of watering can really save a Christmas tree.

You won’t believe what he had to say.

Q: When did you come to terms with yule tree reality?

A: In January, when I saw the carcass of our tree out by the curb, next to the garbage.

Q: Yeah, that’s sad. But for a while you thought that you could keep it green by being attentive to the reservoir in the tree stand?

A: Oh, I suppose that on some level I realized it was a goner. It had been chopped down and severed from its root system, after all. But it drank so much water. I thought it must still be alive in some Frankensteinian sense.

Q: How often did you check the tree stand to see if you needed to add water?

A: About once every half hour.

Q: What did your family say about your devotion to watering?

A: My mother praised me. But my father, who grew up on a farm, mumbled something about getting too attached to the tree. My older brother just called me a maroon. That’s something he got from a Bugs Bunny cartoon that was made about a hundred years ago.

Q: Yes, I know. When did you first notice the needles starting to dry out?

A: It was around Pearl Harbor Day. I wanted to operate immediately. But my parents wouldn’t let me take the tree out of the stand to make a fresh cut at the bottom. I guess, since it was decorated and all, that might have caused a bit of upheaval.

Q: But you kept watering?

A: Oh, sure. I was trying to force fluids.

Q: What happened next?

A: Herr Tannenbaum went from dry to brittle to the stage just before spontaneous combustion.

Q: How are you approaching tree-watering this year?

A: I have switched from seeing myself as a junior arborist with healing powers to viewing myself more as a mortician preparing the tree for its fate.

Q: Which is?

A: This year it’s going to be recycled. Can’t deal with that curbside nightmare again.

Today’s Slice question: Do December weddings have a good record of leading to long marriages?

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