Baja Christmas Tree


Here is my minimal Christmas decoration display for 2012.

The Poinsettia plant that played the role of Thanksgiving dinner table center piece is also my Christmas tree.  Versatile actor, eh?

  • Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima.
  • In Nahuatl , the language of the Aztecs, the Poinsettia was called Cuitlaxochitl (from cuitlatl, for residue, and xochitl, for flower), meaning “flower that grows in residues or soil.”
  • Today the plant is known in Mexico and Guatemala as “La Flor de la Nochebuena” (Flower of the Holy Night, or Christmas Eve).
  • In Chile and Peru, the Poinsettia is called the “Crown of the Andes”.
  • In Spain the Poinsettia has a different holiday attribution. It is known there as “Flor de Pascua”, meaning “Easter flower”.
  • Poinsettias have also been called the lobster flower and the flame-leaf flower, due to the red color.
  • Poinsettias received their name in the United States in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced the plant into the country in 1828. Poinsett was a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. He sent cuttings of the plant he had discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. The word Poinsettia is traditionally capitalized because it is named after a person.

A few short years ago, I lived in one of those neighborhoods that hired Christmas decor staging.  For $XX,XXX you can match the Griswolds’ enthusiasm and electric bill by hiring a company to deck your halls and walls.  I limited my exterior holiday display to a strand of white lights lining the arch of my front door and a wreath in that ‘hood.

Boating friends mentioned to me yesterday that you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the staged Christmas lights on multi-million dollar boats in some of SoCal’s spiffy yacht clubs.  Just think how much wine and food that could buy.


Will light up my week by venturing out to a couple of friends’ homes for food and beverages to interrupt my sofa’s warm embrace today and tomorrow.  It is amazing how welcome you become when your knuckles knocking on the door with one hand are accompanied by a bottle in the other.

But, the above scene of my fireplace is my peaceful reminder to enjoy the menu of simpler items in life.

The 2005 Christmas scene, right photo, was my last in Denver.  Took me 4 hours to put together the 15 foot artificial tree every year.  And I hear that they call ’em “recyclable trees” now.  Very green, huh?  Enjoyed that tree, but, what a chore.

Funny thing is that I left that tree in its 3 boxes as a free gift to the buyers of that house in 2006. Ok, it wasn’t exactly a gift.  I ran out of time to sell it via craiglist and it was a big sucker to haul anywhere.  Hope the new homeowners weren’t anti-Christmas tree types.

Whether you have a Clark Griswold apocalypse display or none, hope you find what lights your passion and peace.

Cheers, Salud, Slainte and beverage of your choice!


                  “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the sofa you’re with.”


One Comment

  1. Wayne Moyers
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 13:43 | Permalink | Reply

    MERRY CHRISTMAS Dock !!! Is the “ub” oen tomorrow am just called , I was too late to join Her dinner >To: >Sent: Monday, December 24, 2012 10:06 AM >Subject: [New post] Baja Christmas Tree > >bajadock posted: ” Here is my minimal Christmas decoration display for 2012. The poinsettia plant that played the role of Thanksgiving dinner table center piece is also my Christmas tree. Versatile actor, eh? A few short years ago, I lived in one of those neighb” >

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