So as I was overdecorating my Christmas tree the past few days, I was thinking about all of my friends (Foreign Service and otherwise) who put up their trees the day after Thanksgiving. Or even before Thanksgiving (I'm not naming any names). It occurred to me it might be fun to compile a collection of Foreign Service Christmas tree posts.
I had a similar idea about Thanksgiving posts, but I never was able to pull it off. I'm apparently a little more organized now, though, because here, in living color, is the:
Foreign Service parade of trees
Beijing (featuring a video of the decorating)
Chengdu (I'm having some trouble linking to this one, but scroll down to the Dec. 1 entry)
Cotonou (Love the Mr. Potato Head!)
Milan (yes, this one is mine)
Moscow (here, here and here)
Tijuana (A must-see post if you've never seen anyone mop a Christmas tree.)
Washington, D.C. (D.C. could have its own parade! Check it out here, here, here -- best use of an Oakwood ficus for sure -- here, here and here.)
With something like this, photos really are necessary, and the above links are all to posts with photos. But in Conakry there's a photoless Christmas tree story that deserves a mention as well. Been there, done that is all I can say.
All of the unsolicited blogs included in this post are listed at Life After Jerusalem, but if you're included here and don't want to be, definitely let me know. Also, if you have a Christmas tree photo on a blog somewhere that I've missed, let me know and I'll update. It'd be cool to have a real around-the-world representation on this.