21 Dec2008


You may think I am just “pulling your leg,” but I am not, our Christmas tree, which was cut a couple of months ago, is actually growing… Cut and bundled up just as the weather in the Northwest United States was getting chilly, these douglas firs were then packed into a refrigerated container and they probably thought they were in a winter hibernation while they sailed across the Pacific and were unloaded in Taguig some 3 weeks ago. I was called as soon as the container arrived, so I am pretty sure we got one of the first trees that emerged from the container, and I have to say it was incredibly fresh looking and smelled terrific. Back at home, we cut off an inch of the trunk and let it drink up a mixture of water and plant food. And after taking in a few gallons of water over several days our living room smelled terrific. We didn’t decorate it with lights or ornaments, as we assumed it wouldn’t make it to Christmas Day and just wanted the fragrance…


But a few days after we got the tree, Mrs. MM noticed that the tips were sprouting new light green leaves! This is bizarre! I have never seen a tree, cut months ago, come back to life like this. It is just amazing. I suppose I shouldn’t be too stunned as cut tulips still grow inches after they have been cut and shipped, but they are just days old. In this case, the tree has been severed from its roots for some 60+ days and it can still grow with just an infusion of water and “vitamins”! Cool. I suppose human nails continue to grow even after they have buried you, or do they?…but that is another post altogether… :)



  1. greasemonkey says:

    my grandfather used to always have a real live christmas tree, i so miss the crisp fresh smell mingling with the scent of the first batch of brewed coffee in the morning. =)

    thanks for the post, MM. i needed a picker upper.

    Dec 21, 2008 | 1:13 pm


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  3. marissewalangkaparis says:

    My daughter was surprised when I said we used to have live Christmas Trees when I was young,both abroad and when we lived in Baguio. While there is a variety of commercial Christmas trees today there’s nothing like the real thing. Even without ornaments,you can smell and feel Christmas.
    I remember as a young girl,I would feel sad when it started to turn brown. That meant Christmas time was nearing its end…sigh…
    Awesome tree that you have MM. Must be happy in your abode…
    Merry Christmas!!

    Dec 21, 2008 | 1:54 pm

  4. maddie says:

    now i’m thinking about human nails. and all the nails buried all over. what a bizarre thought for christmas.

    but i’m also imagining how your home smells. that’s a better thought.

    Dec 21, 2008 | 3:56 pm

  5. Mila says:

    Wasn’t it hair that was supposedly able to grow a couple of inches longer even after someone dies?

    (I’m going to have nightmares tonight!)

    Plant the tree and let it live :)

    Dec 21, 2008 | 5:56 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Heeheehee. Sneaky. I knew there would be mild reaction to the nails continuing to grow assertion, even on a busy Sunday before Christmas… actually, it’s all a MYTH, it turns out, and hair and nails DO NOT continue to grow after death, check out this site for a better take on it… :)

    Dec 21, 2008 | 6:23 pm

  7. Zerho says:

    Wow great nice tree!! unfortunately we dont have that here in mindanao… and by the way that site about those nails was kind of morbid…hehe.. Happy Holidays marketman!

    Dec 21, 2008 | 8:05 pm

  8. shalimar says:

    am over here in toronto, Canada… for my next flight to London… and its SNOWING HEAVILY right now…
    MERRY CHRISTMAS just in case I do not have time to check your site the next few days….

    Dec 21, 2008 | 8:42 pm

  9. Brother says:

    The thing about nails and hair continuing to grow after death is a myth… What actually happens is the body and skin start to shrink away from the nails and hair follicles, hence the appearance of “growth”.

    Those trees do smell great – Christmas talaga.

    And Sister, thanks for the cookie recipes – we will try them.

    Dec 21, 2008 | 11:42 pm

  10. Belle says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 1:37 am

  11. sister says:

    The tree arrived in Manila and thought it had awakened to spring and started sending out new growth…

    Dec 22, 2008 | 2:12 am

  12. ECJ says:

    I think the Christmas warmth in your home and hearts woke it up from the winter slumber and sprung to life!

    May your Christmas be merry and bright…and your 2009, too!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 2:19 am

  13. Mrs. G says:

    It’s a Christmas miracle!

    Merry Christmas. :)

    P.S. I like sister’s theory.

    Dec 22, 2008 | 7:30 am

  14. Jing says:

    Siguro nga the good vibes in your house had a positive effect on it. I really hope it would grow on if you plant it on the ground. Yun na talaga ang christmas miracle! :)
    From my family to yours, MM, a merry merry christmas!!!
    And a merry christmas, too, to all you readers out there!!!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 9:22 am

  15. jamezu says:

    That is so cool, to see life in your christmas tree.
    Merry Christmas!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 2:49 pm


    Just curious. It is my first time to encounter -this piece – a tree named CHRISTMAS TREE. Is there really such a thing? Does it bear edible fruits just like any fruits we used to see? Or it is only an ornamental plant? Sorry, I am really ignorant on this.

    Dec 23, 2008 | 10:48 am

  17. Maria Clara says:

    Your Christmas Tree adapted so well in its new environment hence the growth of it and happy with its new found home and showing up kind of impressing the master!

    Dec 24, 2008 | 2:36 am

  18. Maki says:

    Haha.. about the nails… I remembered an episode in heroes in which Claire Bennet cut her toes and they grew..

    lol… anyways… i guess its normal for big plans to last longer specially with vitamis and water….

    Dec 24, 2008 | 4:05 pm

  19. maxine says:

    Hi! I am really interested in this story..i hope i can get the name and contact number of the author..i am in need of Christmas Miracle Stories to be featured in our program.

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Merry Christmas!!!

    Dec 7, 2009 | 3:16 pm

  20. Marketman says:

    maxine, it’s hardly a “miracle” as pine trees after being cut and stored in chilled transport containers go into a sort of “hibernation” and when you place them in water and out of chilled conditions, they start to “drink” water and begin their growth process for several days before they really “die” and dry up… And you can easily reach the author by checking out the contacts page on this site.

    Dec 7, 2009 | 4:05 pm


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