Scientists recently found spruce trees in Sweden that may be up to 8,000 years old. That beats the current 5,000 year old California record holder by three millenia! And since we're on the subject of conifers, we can easily jump over to Christmas, right? And from there compare it to Easter? And hey, how does Easter resist the commercialism of Christmas anyhow? I mean, both holidays have to do with Jesus. I suppose his torturous death does seem a little unsavory in comparison to the image of a newborn baby in a manger with some kings and shepherds trekking across the desert, following a convenient star in the sky. "Jesus remains the world's most famous victim of capital punishment." And that doesn't seem likely to sell quite as many Hallmark greeting cards.