The trees

I guess it's really winter now that we've had snow and the city tree is installed and ready for the Fire and Ice festival. I'm torn between excessive holiday spirit (cocoa, cookies and Christmas music!) and wanting our lovely mild fall back.

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation employees Glenn Shulz of Cedar Rapids (from left), Harlin Andresen of Cedar Rapids, Mark Jacobs of Marion and John Salzbrenner of Marion pull support cables as the official Cedar Rapids Christmas tree is installed near the Tree of Five Seasons on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. The usual May's Island location was determined to be potentially too unstable for the 22-foot pine. The tree will be lit on Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. preceding the Holiday DeLight Parade.

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