Since 1957 our city (Chandler) has been lighting up a Christmas tree peculiar to Arizona. We don't have the tallest cut Christmas tree in America (that's just down the road in Anthem, Arizona), or the widest, most lights etc.
We build our tree from desert tumbleweed:
Obviously this 'sport' of hunting tumbleweeds at the end of summer, smashing them into a Christmas tree shape, spraying them with fire retardant, painting them white and tieing them up with Christmas lights is seen as retribution for their pack attacks on human territory.
Oh, you don't believe me that tumbleweed are cognitive creatures capable of hunting in packs and man's mortal enemy in Arizona.....how little you know.
Look I caught one of their hunts on camera...
And I was very concerned when I went to see this year's Christmas Tree being built from them to see that some of the crafty ones were escaping whilst the city workers weren't watching:
See, they even have to put up CAUTION: DO NOT ENTER tape to keep members of the public being mauled by the tumbleweed inside!
My concern was that any escapee tumbleweed might hand around our town centre (down town) and get their revenge on Saturday night, the Chandler Parade of Lights and lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree (with christmas lights, not as in torching them, we're not that barbaric)....but luckily for me and my family we escaped off home (and out of the rain before any attack occurred.....I've yet to read the newspapers to see if my predictions came true.