The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

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The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

 Chandler Arizona is unique in that this will be the 55th year in which the City has built and decorated their traditional Christmas Tree, made of nearly one thousand tumbleweeds. Actually, city employees collect between 1500 and 2000 tumbleweeds, but use only about half of them to construct the 25 ft tall tree.

 

 Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

 A crowd of about 12,000 people is expected downtown in the A. J. Chandler Park next Saturday afternoon to witness the lighting of the tree at the conclusion of the annual Parade of Lights.

 

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Pat Champion
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What a beautiful photo and Christmas tree; it is good to see the community get together during the holiday's to share this special time of the year.

Nov 27, 2011 04:55 PM #1
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Than Maynard
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That is cool and a great use for the tumbleweeds.

Nov 27, 2011 05:26 PM #2
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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That is a beautiful photo!  Without looking really closely, I would never have guessed that it was made of tumbleweeds!  The fact that it is made out of tumbleweeds makes it really cool!

Nov 27, 2011 07:48 PM #3
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Pat, Chandler is proud of their unique tree, the Phoenix news channels have helicopter views of the tree building. 

Than, Tumbleweeds aren't good for much else, besides propagating more tunbleweeds.  Chandler is way into recycling.

Tony, Darcy;  First there is a 25 foot wire frame, and a huge pile of tumbleweeds.  The inside of the frame is filled and the right size tumbleweeds are inserted all around the outside to make the boughs.  Then it is sprayed with 25 gallons of white paint. 20 gallons of flame retardant fluid, covered in 65 pounds of glitter and finished with the addition of 1200 lights. 

After all that, it really doesn't resemble a tumbleweed!

Nov 27, 2011 11:22 PM #4
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Albuquerque has a Tumbleweed Christmas Tree along I40 each year.  How cool and fun are they!  Christmas trees come in all shapes, forms and yes tumble weeds!  Imagine that :)

Nov 27, 2011 11:49 PM #5
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John,

I haven't driven I-40 in winter since I was in college (that was a disastrous trip) or I would have seen the Albuquerque tree!  I am glad your city does it too, we need to find some use for tumbleweeds other than to apply "desert pinstriping" to our vehicles. 

Nov 28, 2011 01:05 AM #6
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To see a Christmas Tree next to Palm Trees is a GREAT juxtaposition . . . here in Portland we see the Christmas Tree next to . . . Christmas Trees (Pines, Evergreens) . . . HA HA HA  Thanks for the pretty pictures!!

Nov 28, 2011 03:11 PM #7
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Carla, that is too funny!  You have Christmas trees all the time you only decorate a few of 'em once a year.  We have none, make 'em out of our weeds...ROFL. 

Bethleham would have had  more palm trees than evergreens too, I'm thinking.  I think the real birthday celebration should be in March, we are celebrating Christmas at the time of winter solstice and it was the druids who were big on decorating trees.  Anyway, it works. 

Nov 28, 2011 08:09 PM #8
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Marge

How fascinating! But aren't tumbleweeds flammable? For some reason, I thought that they would be because they're dry. aren't they?

Christmas trees in any form (plastic, silk, aluminum, etc) are fine as long as they remain symbols of what we're commemorating.

 

Nov 29, 2011 06:00 PM #9
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Pacita,

After they are spray painted they are sprayed with fire retardant,  A big tall burning Christmas tree would be an unforgettable sight but Chandler won't let that happen! 

You are right, any Christmas tree is a good one.

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