14# The Christmas Pickle

Each december, millions of people dust off Christmas ornaments and hang them on their respective trees. They carefully place glass baubles and string lights to respect a tradition that, as we already know, has very ancient origins. However, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, some Christmas trees have something to hide. But why, if they are adorned in tinsel, string lights, and ornaments, and they don’t absolutely appear out of the ordinary? A closer look might reveal a shimmering emerald vegetable hiding inside the evergreen branches. No mistake, you’ve just spotted a…

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The Canada’s gnarliest tree.

Just a five-minute walk from the road outside Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada, the ancient cedars and Douglas firs have become a very popular attraction! This interesting grove is filled with large western red cedars and Douglas firs. All normal? Absolutely no, in fact, many trees seem to be growing out of each other, with knots as if there was a struggle to break free of their bark! The southern end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia has the perfect climate for growing trees: It gets plenty of rain and…

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3# Christmas Around the World: Arizona’s Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

If it is normal for us to celebrate Christmas traditions, sometimes can be a challenge, for example, in places that rarely see a day of cold all year. But in the Arizona city of Chandler, locals have simply adapted their traditions to win against the climate, forming a pile of their native tumbleweeds into the shape of a festive fir tree each year! In 1957 a Chandler resident named Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped…

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Ireland’s Hungry Tree

We are within the grounds of The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Ireland’s oldest school of law, founded in 1541 during the reign of King Henry VIII, where an 80-year-old plane tree is devouring an iron bench. We know most trees feast upon a steady diet of carbon dioxide, water, and sunshine, which they absorb through their roots and leaves. However, it seems that some trees like to absorb other things as well! The Hungry Tree in Dublin is an 80-year-old London Plane tree that’s currently in the process of…

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