Basswood left for Mexico on the first of December. For weeks before he left, his little sister was begging him to help her get a Christmas tree. Basswood's little sister is the subject of many of his photos when he is home. She is his constant shadow and wants to help him with everything he is doing.
Now, she did not want just any Christmas tree. She wanted the Christmas tree down by Basswood's pond. The only tree he did not cut down in the field we cleared this fall for our forest garden we are starting in the spring.
After days of pestering, Basswood finally decided to put up a tree for her. Now I must say here that one of Basswood's favorite pastimes when he is home is trying to get his little sister riled. So, he took an asparagus plant he had saved for the seeds on it, and stuck it in a bucket. Since we do not have mistletoe growing in Minnesota, he took an ugly turnip he had dug from the garden this fall and wrapped a ribbon around it. I had to assure her that I would help her get a tree later, so she wouldn't cry, but that was our Christmas tree for a couple of weeks until I took the girls back on the property to get a tree.
I must say that the Asparagus Christmas Tree really was a frugal idea. It even comes with the little red Christmas tree balls already on it. Little sister calmed down after she realized it was a joke and even decorated the little "tree." She even came and told me that with the Christmas Turnip, instead of a kiss, you get a little slap in the face.