Christmas Humbugs: Christmas Tree
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Workshop Media’s Jon Bailey takes a look at some of the quirks, annoyances and pet peeves of the Christmas Season in Workshop’s Christmas Humbugs!
The Christmas tree. A quaint relic of the pre-Christian, Pagan winter celebrations. A touch of green, of life, in the midst of the dead season. We bring these symbols of enduring life into our homes, decorate them with shiny trinkets, then watch as they drop their needles all over the floor and fall over. They always fall over. Every year. You spend hours making it look beautiful, step back to admire your handiwork and it immediately lists to one side. (This problem is compounded if you own a cat. The Christmas tree is like a red rag to a bull if you’re a cat. They just can’t resist clambering up it, sending needles and baubles flying in all directions.)
This year, the human race has landed a washing-machine-sized probe on a comet travelling at 84 thousand miles per hour through space. We have developed prosthetic limbs that can transmit sensations of touch to the wearer. A paralysed man has started to walk again after cells from his nose were implanted in his spine.
So why can’t we design a bucket that can hold a Christmas tree straight for a couple of weeks?