Like No Other: The South Pole Christmas Tree
My new favorite thing in the whole universe is the Christmas tree at the South Pole:
As it’s been explained to me, the tree started a few years back when the night shift iron workers built it out of scraps and discarded metal parts. Each year since, members of the iron crew have added their own ornaments and adornments, resulting in a monstrous sculptural creation with more personality and character than any other Christmas tree I have ever seen. The ornaments are made from nuts and bolts, broken tools, saw blades, gears, and any sort of scrap that can be dug out of the recycling bins in the shops around the station. Limbs of the tree fall off and it requires repairs and adjustments every season.
Working on night shift often means missing most of the main social events of the holiday season. But one perk was that tonight I was able to go outside and watch this year’s contributions to the ironworker tree.
I’ve been working so much and I’m so far away from the regular holiday traditions back home that I’ve barely been aware of the season. But watching the night shift iron crew decorating their spectacular and bizarre holiday tree put me in the Christmas spirit. I love the creativity here and I feel so fortunate to be able to experience a little of it.