Deck the halls, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

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The tra­di­tional lighting of the Christ­mas tree goes back to an­cient days, when three wise sages— known as Moe-ah, Larry-el, and Curly-Q— in­ad­ver­tently set fire to a tree as they were torch­ing one an­other’s pos­te­ri­ors while do­ing slap­stick. Since then, many coun­tries have come up with their own tra­di­tions for lighting trees. In Ja­pan, for in­stance, lanterns are hung from trees. The city of Santa Fe kicks the sea­son off with its an­nual tree-lighting cer­e­mony at 4:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Nov. 27, on the Plaza. It’s free, and the event will no doubt in­clude speech­mak­ing and hot chocolate and cook­ies and stuff. For the record, Moe-ah, Larry-el, and Curly-Q later toured the prov­inces with a com­edy act that spe­cial­ized in shtick. They never again burned down a tree, but they con­tin­ued to broil their rears, of­ten dous­ing the flames with a con­ve­niently lo­cated bucket of wa­ter while scream­ing, “Whoa whoa whoa whoa!”

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