Last night, I enjoyed a perfectly Rockwell tree trimming with my family in which even my brooding teenage boys participated by hanging a few ornaments (just the sports themed ones of course). After much merriment and good cheer, our seasonal family work of art was complete! My daughter stood back and declared “Our Christmas tree kind of reminds me of a Venn diagram.”
Everyone was quiet for moment. I think even the radio station cranking the Christmas tunes was momentarily silenced. Okay, so not a work of art but a work of math instead? This was a first. My Christmas tree resembled a Venn Diagram. Martha would not be impressed. Nevertheless, after inspecting our wonderful tree in the morning light, I hate to admit she might be right. It would appear that our ornament placement is not quite as evenly dispersed and we have several “clumps”. Good grief, now I know how Charlie and Linus felt.
Just maybe, the argument for a pre-lit, symmetrically pre-decorated Whoville tree grows.