Nothing burns as bright with the spirit of Christmas as a desiccated Douglas fir

Adam Overland
Human Parts
Published in
4 min readDec 14, 2023

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a christmas tree on fire with a nearby fire extinguisher putting it out
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I can’t decide if it is more sad as a single 46-year-old man to put up a Christmas tree for the holidays or more sad not to. It helps me to think of it like an Onion headline: “Sad man erects Christmas tree and places present for self underneath” or “Single man who ‘needed time to work on self’ now nearing retirement.”

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Adam Overland
Human Parts

Minneapolis. New here in '23. I've written humor columns for 3 print publications, so naturally that's dead and here I am. Also write for a research university.