Glendale, AZ, has an annual bit of festivity they call 'Glendale Glitters.'
Here is a the link to Glendale Glitters imagery on Google:
Glendale Glitters images
We've been there. It's quite enjoyable. Festive. Wouldn't this be a nice look for the Santa Fe Plaza? Especially if we could get a couple of stores to stay open?
We really like Glendale Glitters. They have shops, restaurants ,etc open all around the square, and back a block or two. Sadly, many of the doo-dad shops sell a bunch of Chinese crap, but there is still a good selection of local goods. The restaurants and coffee shops are generally quite good.
Note there are no tumbleweed trees.
The Anthem Christmas tree is another favorite, especially for the kids. You can't miss it as you come into Phoenix from the north, on I-17.
The Anthem Christmas Tree
I don't suppose we need a 112 foot tree, but a 'real' tree of some size down yonder at Santa Fe Plaza would be nice, don't you agree?
If Our Beloved President can speechify whilst lighting the national tree ... I would think local politicians would leap at a similar chance on a local scale.
But we aren't looking at that. We have a bug up our butts over a tumbleweeds Christmas tree.
I suppose a tumbleweeds Christmas tree would be a bit of a novelty in the urban setting, but personally, I see a tumbleweed tree, here in an agricultural community on the high plains, as incredibly poorly advised.
But if we are going to be the laughingstock of every rancher and farmer between here and the Nebraska line ... let's do it right. Let's include some Russian olives (bare branches decorate well, as we see in Glendale Glitters) and tamarisk along with the tumbleweeds tree. That way, we can have three of the most noxious water-wasting weeds in the state, on which millions of tax dollars are spent every year for eradication and control, representing our commitment to conserving our water and protecting and preserving our shortgrass prairie. The rest of eastern Colorado - except for recently arrived transplants from California or the east coast, and locals who have taken complete leave of their senses - can ROTF LTAO at us, along with the goofs who buy this stuff:
Organic Montana medium tumbleweed
Note how the sale is pitched to appeal to the urban drone. How about that 'organic?' Is that a nice touch, or what. Me, I'd add that it was a non-GMO item as well.
But that's just me. And Leece. And what do we know. Other than we're going to start collecting tumbleweeds and sell them to clueless urban hipsters. With free shipping, of course.
For a nominal charge, Leece will even throw in a crocheted prairie dog spare toilet paper roll cover. Very rustic.