There used to be a rule of thumb that the deadline for turfing-out your Christmas tree was halftime at the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl is played on New Year’s Day, with a 4:00 P.M. (EST) kick-off resulting in about a 5:45 P.M. (EST) halftime. I’m not all that picky about that Christmas tree deadline, preferring the January 6th, or Epiphany concept. However, judging by the evidence noted on my morning run today, some people confused SuperBowl with Rose Bowl. There were no less than five jettisoned Christmas tress on lawns today. C’mon folks! It’s the last day of January! Weren’t those trees just dry tinder? Talk about a fire hazard.
Or perhaps the confusion isn’t about football games, but new years. Maybe these late tree ousters thought the deadline was Chinese New Year! That would explain it. Now a lot of things fit. This is the Year of the Horse, the Rose Bowl stadium is the home of the UCLA Bruins who have a long standing rivalry with the USC Trojans who have what as a mascot you may ask … yep, a horse! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch.
Regardless, here’s wishing you all Gong Xi Fat Cai!