Towards the end of each year public spaces and commercial centers throughout Bangkok undergo a temporary aesthetic shift as they welcome the inclusion of the ‘Christmas Tree’ into their environment. It is the way these ‘Trees’ have been manifested and how they have been integrated into each setting which interests me and what this project concerns itself with. Often they appear somewhat alien, clunky and at odds with the environments they inhabit. Unsurprisingly and in most instances, these trees have appeared for commercial purposes – helping attract the passing trade – rather than to act as a symbol for Christmas. It is this motivation that has invariably led to the friction that can be found. Any symbol or icon that is taken out of its original context for reasons different to what it is originally intended for, will gather new meaning, adopt new connotations and become something else.