I bought my first Christmas tree on my own, and my first in New Jersey. I’ve participated in this process many times on Long Island, and found it soundly different. In most places I would go to, you’d be faced with piles of trees lumped together against walls and barricades, and you’d slowly sift through them, pulling out trees and holding t
hem up to see if they looked nice. I’d do things like rotate the tree, and lift it up and drop it on it’s trunk to see if the bristles held up, or were dry and fell off.
In all the places in Bergen County that I looked at, except for Home Depot which was a disaster, they had the trees all set up on spokes so that they looked like trees. This was nice; it was easier to notice things like gaps in the branches, and dead areas. The trees themselves, at least where we got one, were also trimmed to fit the typical Christmas tree shape. My tree this year is easily one of my favorite trees I’ve had.
Tomorrow is Repeal Day
. It’s arguably the best American Drinking Holiday. It’s only recently started to gain fame as a holiday, and I think it should only grow. It celebrates our rights as Americans, and the repeal of the amendment that tried to take them from us. 75 years ago tomorrow, the 21st Amendment to the constitution was ratified, lifting the ban on alcohol and allowing everyone to drink legally again..provided you weren’t or aren’t in a county where they decided to continue to ban it.
I like it better than St. Patricks Day, which is very gimmicky and Irish. The night before Thanksgiving is typically a drinking day, but who wants to drink the night before they have to cook or travel or get up and host guests? New Years is a good one, but that’s more a family friendly celebrating of the passing of the year than it is about drinking. Repeal Day is about America, about our freedoms and rights, and specifically about Alcohol.
Beer and alcohol have long held valued places in society, way back to the origins of civilization. It shouldn’t be treated with the kind of taboo that America treats it with, and this holiday celebrates that right. I encourage everyone to have a drink, toast freedom, and of course, be safe.