"The kind of light-hearted comedy that puts the merry in Merry Christmas. "-- Calgary Sun

Chris Hunt and Heather Lea MacCallum in the Lunchbox Theatre production of The Christmas Tree. 2008.

 

  In the following scene, strangers Daniel and Sonja arrive at a Christmas tree lot on Christmas Eve, to find only one tree left for sale.
   
Daniel: Hi.
Sonja: Hello.
Daniel: How ya' doin'?
Sonja: Good.
Daniel: Seems odd, huh?
Sonja: What seems odd?
Daniel: That we're both looking this Christmas tree up and down like this
Sonja: Why is that odd?
Daniel: Well, it 's the only Christmas tree left. It's not like we have any others to choose from, right?
Sonja: Right.
Daniel: I guess that's what happens when you wait until Christmas Eve to get your tree. I mean who waits until Christmas Eve to get a Christmas tree? What's the point even? You put it up, you decorate it. Two days later it comes down. It's kindling. It's mulch. It ridiculous, right?
Sonja: I suppose.
Daniel: Absolutely. We should just forget it. Save our money.
Sonja: Yeah.
Daniel: Yep, that's what I'm gonna do.
(Sonja moves to pick up the tree.)
What? Wait a minute. Wait.
Sonja: What's wrong?
Daniel: What are you doing?
Sonja: I'm taking the tree.
Daniel: What? You're taking the tree?
Sonja: I'm taking the tree.
Daniel: But, I was here first.
Sonja: So?
Daniel: Well, I should have first dibs on it, don't you think?
Sonja: No, I don't think.
(Sonja grabs the tree.)
Daniel: Wait a minute. Wait.
Sonja: What?
Daniel: Well, let's be fair about this.
Sonja: I thought you didn't want it.
Daniel: Did I say that?
Sonja: You said we should forget it. Save our money.
Daniel: All right, I said that, but..
Sonja: You put it up, two days later it comes down.
Daniel: I said that too.
Sonja: It's kindling. It's mulch.
Daniel: Yes, thank you. I know what I said.
Sonja: So, I assumed from that that you didn't want it.
Daniel: What? How could you jump to that conclusion? That's a bit of a leap, don't you think?
  copyright 2008 Norm Foster