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Barking up the wrong tree

Russell Conway reflects on some of life's more tiresome traditions

9 February 2010

Watching the office Christmas tree die was not much fun. Exactly the same thing had happened last year, so this time we went to a different – we hoped better – supplier, who promised to provide us with a good-quality tree with a reservoir which could be topped up with water thus keeping the tree alive, kicking and giving the clients something cheerful to look at as soon as they entered our office.

True to form the tree was beautifully decorated by the provider, but within days of installation the needles started falling, the branches sagged and a deathly pallor took over the tree which started to look rather more grey than green. As the tree was outside my room and clearly visible through my windows, it was miserable watching this inevitable process run its course.

So, what do we do next year? A plastic tree? An eco-friendly driftwood tree? Or no tree at all? Sadly the modern centrally heated air-conditioned office with artificial light and a fluctuating temperatur...

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