Traditionally advent was marked with a chalk line on the wall ticking off the days until Christmas. I am marking advent with art, probably drawings, for 24 days as, I hope, a way to bring in ‘the light’ of ideas and inspiration.
There is something about setting an intention and showing up that lets ideas start to flow. I love that Advent and Adventure are the same word from Latin ‘advenire’ arrive and ‘adventurous’ about to happen.
This is something I would love to see happen… Christmas Forests!
Watching thousands upon thousands of soil acidifying cut Christmas trees being transported up Lanark High Street (and this only a tiny fraction of cut Christmas trees this year in the UK alone) an idea came to mind that I hope this drawing captures.
I have drawn a sock hanging outside on a washing line. One for each member of a family. In each sock is a bare root hardwood or fruit tree ready for planting in The Christmas Forest which, in my imagination, are a future concepts across the country. A place where people meet up at Christmas to plant trees and celebrate life. Giving a tree for Christmas as the best pressie ever!
Perhaps a few enlightened farmers who grow cash crop Xmas trees will see a Christmas Forest as a way of giving back – creating amazing woodlands for future generations by tithing a percentage of their land for Christmas Forests? They could sell the bare root stock to be planted on their land or vouchers or some such so it would be a win-win? It just takes a little willingness and imagination. I am sure Christmas Forests could become a thing!