As I mentioned before in a pervious post, its not uncommon to be awoken at 6:00am on a Saturday because the alarm at the Belgian restauarant accross the road likes to go off at least once a month. I’m not sure if its a problem they just can’t fix or if the place is haunted.
Yesterday morning (Wednesday, Nov. 30), I was sitting in the kitchen having breakfast around 7:30am before work and I heard a familiar noise that I would normally hear in Canada in spring or late autumn. That was the sound of a chainsaw hard at work. Zinging away at 7:30am. It didn’t stop after a few minutes so I went to investigate. Maybe it was an emergency where a tree was about to fall into the road or against a building. Maybe it needed to be done immediately to save lives.
But no, they were setting up a Christmas tree.
Now I’m all for the Christmas spirit, I put my decorations up a week ago and started listening to Christmas tunage at that time too. But I have to ask how is this a logical thing to do in the middle of a quiet neighboorhood at 7:30am even before the sun has risen? Not only was it unsafe because surely they couldn’t see what they were doing, but also annoying. The crane was blocking the street so that cars could not pass on thier way to work, the noise continued for a good half hour and I’m sure they were standing there making it look like they were doing something because the tree was already standing upright in its place! I wouldn’t be suprised if the tree is lopsided and the decroations don’t go on it for another week or two.
What also came to my mind was, why do they need to chainsaw the tree before putting it up? There are absolutely no pine trees in the city center of Brussels, there are manually planted magnolia trees equally spaced down the sidewalk, but definately no trees that keep thier needles and still look good all winter long. So they weren’t cutting down a tree to place in the center of the sqaure and that can’t explain the chainsaw. Shouldn’t the tree be delievered already cut at ready to be set up anyway?
My theory is that they just wanted an excuse to make noise at that time of the morning. It wouldn’t be the first time I see city employees getting pure joy out of making a ruckus for no reason at an unusual hour. There was no urgent need to set up the Christmas tree before sunrise on November 30. There should logically be no need to use a chainsaw on a tree that has already been cut down and delievered to the center of town. I’m sure there is no chainsaw involved when they set up the big Christmas tree in New York for example. At least the outdoor trees in Brussels tend to look classier than how they seem to decorate indoors (see last year’s post on the Promiscuous Christmas trees).
In Canada, in my hometown, there are so many naturally standing pine trees in Edmonton and the surrounding towns that the city just decorates those trees. There’s no need to cut down any trees, get a truck to deliver it and then fireup the chainsaw for good measure just to announce that the tree is being put up. The tree in front of the church on the street I live looks sad in a way. It is hidden behing a massive statue in the center of the square and the tree is quote short so that the top can only just be seen over the top of the statue. I do like how they try to make it look festive though.
It makes me anxious to see the groups of naturally standing pine trees decorated at home.
How is the Christmas decorating process in your city?