We decorated for Christmas this weekend, and that has me thinking about trees.
Tree-lighting celebration in Glendale Heights, Illinois. PC: David Gentry (shared by Tom Skilling).
Last night, my family and I visited The Morton Arboretum’s two-mile driving tour of their annual Christmas “Illumination,” and it was stunning.
Finally, if you haven’t yet visited Alan Jacobs’ site, The Gospel of the Trees, you should (click the little leaf in the upper right-hand corner of the page). As Alan writes, “The Bible is a story about trees. It begins, or nearly enough, with two trees in a garden: the Tree of Life, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The pivotal event in the book comes when a man named Jesus is hanged on a tree. And the last chapter of the last book features a remade Jerusalem: ‘In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.’ If you understand the trees, you understand the story.”
I realize this newsletter, though it has had headings with “links” and “recommendations,” amounts mostly to linked recommendations sprinkled with photos and quotes. Almost all of the links are things to read, watch, listen to, or cook, but the balance changes every week. So I’m going to experiment with a list of links that are just my favorite things for the week.
Off to make eggplant Parmesan for dinner. If that sounds familiar, it’s because I made it and mentioned it a couple months ago. Sam Sifton’s recipe is terrific. Find it somewhere at the bottom of this archived newsletter issue.