Yep…It’s Dead

29 12 2011

I ho, ho, hope you all had a great Christmas and remembered why you were celebrating it. Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Truth of the matter is, I haven’t felt up to writing for a while. I’ve been fighting some kind of upper respiratory crap but I feel I’m back up to speed now so thought I would share one of my favorite Christmas tree stories with you.

Several years ago one of my clients, a small municipality in North Carolina, had several City Hall employees who got together and chipped in enough money to buy a live Christmas tree for the City Hall lobby. The spirit of Christmas filled the air as employees bought decorations with which to adorn the tree. Citizens visiting City Hall, and employees alike, admired the tree which stood proudly as a symbol of the employees’ Christmas spirit.

All was going well until one day when the County Fire Marshall came into City Hall. Seeing the tree, he informed the powers that be that the tree would have to be removed because it violated the fire code which prohibits a live tree in a public building.

City Hall employees were devastated but undeterred. So many had contributed so much to provide a beautiful tree for Christmas and now the thought of having to remove it was unbearable.

Local government workers can be very creative and now was a time for creativity. After giving the issue considerable thought, someone came up with a solution. They called the County Coroner who came to City Hall, examined the tree and pronounced it dead. He even attached a toe-tag. The tree survived all the way through Christmas!


As mama would have said, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat!”




2 responses

8 01 2012
Galen Glines

We’re a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to paintings on. You’ve performed an impressive task and our entire group might be thankful to you.

10 01 2012
Bill Taylor

Thank you for visiting my site and your comments. Thank you also for your volunteer service.

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