Blighted Christmas tree was a miracle

Back in 1995, the rural Agoura community I live in had an area set aside where residents could divest their households of all manner of unwanted items. Stereos, sinks, vacuums, birdbaths, bicycles and the occasional rowboat might turn up among the discards.
Especially during the hot summer months, folks pitched out their old Christmas items, as if their brains were just too temporarily fried to contend with a closet full of grinning snowmen, ice-skating penguins and Santa sporting fireglow-flus...

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