If I had to pick one thing that defines and affects the southern day, it would be food.
Food in the traditional origin of sowing and reaping the harvest and the daily tasks that come with it, the ebb and flow of tides throughout the day that affect when you fish, the sunrise and sunset that affects when the ducks fly and the deer run. So it’s no surprise that these origins are reflected in the southerner’s love and affinity for good food, fresh food, and preparing food for the love and entertainment of others. Why do you think we’ve always heard the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” As trite as it may be conceived in today’s standards, it truly means well in its reflection for the love shown by mothers and fathers in preparing time-tested meals for their families.
And what I love about this article, is the merging of my love and understanding of the yoga heart with my southern love and understanding of the kitchen. How awesome when two distant worlds merge.
While many areas provide recycling programs for Christmas trees to help you with post holiday clean up, another great alternative for helping your area ecosystem, granted you are near a lake or river, would be to feed your tree to the water as a new home for bream and other panfish.
Once on the lake bottom, Christmas trees and other suitable materials provide a surface where aquatic insects live and grow. These insects in turn attract small fish that are fed upon by larger fish. When selecting a site for trees, it’s best to choose an area shallow in depth located near a drop off. The size of your tree can effect its ability to sink to the bottom on its own and you will need some sort of weight—cinder blocks usually work best and provide additional cover. Be sure to mark your site by GPS so you can return in the spring to monitor and enjoy your new fishing spot.
If you are unsure, you can always contact your state DNR who often times will accept bulk trees so they can build beds where needed based on current fish populations.
Here is a great article from our DNR detailing the above and other great uses for trees after the holidays: