Gizmodo is kind enough to share this year's "Government-Sponsored Christmas Tree

Fire Disaster Video" courtesy the Consumer Product Safety Commission (embedded

below). Warns Gizmodo: "As you know, Christmas trees are made out of tree, and trees, like all plants, can dry out. Most plants, however, don't have an enormous string of cheap Chinese electrical wiring draped around them—so the Christmas tree is a hidden bomb inside your house. Do you hear it? Tick. Tick. Tick." Assign those designated "tree waterers" folks!


The New York Times hands the mic to writer, raconteur, amateur boxer, and free-round buyer Jonathan Ames who opens up about his struggles with the Philip K. Dick-concocted "metaphorical cousin to hoarding" known as "kipple." Writes Ames of his crippling clutter issue: "Like Dick, I am in firm agreement that everyone in the universe — including those of us on Earth — struggles, in varying degrees, with kipple. Who doesn’t have a medicine cabinet teeming with rusted nostril-hair clippers, congealed unguents and empty bottles of Motrin, or a bedside table drawer frothing with old, forlorn, hastily ripped condom wrappers, bar mitzvah yarmulkes and 13 tangled, airline-issued eye masks?"


The Wall Street Journal says adios to traditional boughs of holly with a look at the "wild and wooly" world of nontraditional holiday decorative greenery. Wreaths made from mushrooms and moss-covered bark anyone? Anyone?

TreeHugger adores Giles Miller's recyclable flat-pack tannenbaum constructed from corrugated cardboard. 


The News Tribune reports that the city of Tacoma, Wash. (the lovely town from which I'm currently reporting) will launch a curbside kitchen scrap recycling program while potentially demoting regular trash pickup to once every other week a la Portland, Ore. 


Curbed gets its hands on contraband photos of just a couple of the many lavish residences owned by the recently deceased despotic "lover of Bond movies and fine cognac," Kim Jong-Il. 


Jetson Green revisits The Crib, a stunning 250-square-foot "enviresponsible shelter" from Broadhurst Architects. The prototype of the versatile structure — it can be used as a guest house, weekend cabin, garden office, or more  — is located in Bethesda, MD.  


The Hairpin dispatches "Clean Person" Jolie Kerr to tackle some truly pressing holiday issues: how to remove frosting from a fabric couch (OxiClean and a damp sponge), clean wax off a menorah (spray it with Pam or put it in the freezer), and remove "a big old splooge of pine sap" from a sofa (rubbing alcohol and a butter knife).


The Los Angeles Times yet again wonders what to do with all the fallen palm fronds resulting from Southern California's recent historic wind storm. Glendale-based garden designer Jill McArthur has an idea: fill 'em with succulents to create a festive DIY table centerpiece. 


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: The 9 links of Christmas
This week: Food scrap recycling, palm frond centerpiece-ing, flaming Christmas tree a-warning, prefab cabin a-gawking and a partridge in a corrugated cardboard