A new community Christmas tree was planted in Balboa Park a little over two years ago, across from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. It has visibly grown!
Back in 2016, the fragile, droopy, 35-year-old Community Christmas Tree that stood in this same location no longer held lights during the holiday season. I took a photo of the sadly misshapen old cedar during Christmas on the Prado:
In late 2019 a new young tree was planted! I posted a photograph of it here. Now, for contrast, I’ll share that pic again:
Yesterday I noticed the promising young tree has grown quite a lot! Check it out:
I know, it’s odd that I’m posting these photos in late February, with war raging in Ukraine, but during my walk yesterday I also encountered a new Peace Pole that has been installed by the International Cottages.
And it occurred to me: doesn’t a growing Christmas tree also represent Life and Hope for our shared future?
One coming December, perhaps this next one, San Diego’s growing community Christmas tree will light up for its first time. And that age-old message will shine forth once again: On Earth peace, good will toward men…
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