A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man. But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party. Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January. In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters. Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed.