The Sad Christmas Trees of Spring

The Sad Christmas Trees of Spring

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Carrie McBride
May 29, 2015
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I love Christmas so it pains me to disparage fellow Christmas lovers, but I must, for my own peace of mind, ask: what the heck is going on here??? It always makes me a bit glum to see people dragging their Christmas trees out to the curb on December 26th with looks of "okay, fun's over" on their faces. But what troubles me more is the perplexing occurrence of curbside trees in the spring. Is there any sane explanation for this? Help me understand.

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I can imagine some tragic circumstances (death or illness) that may prevent the timely disposal of a Christmas tree, but I see them too often, too far into the calendar year to explain them all away with such an extreme answer. Within hours of posting a photo this past weekend on Facebook of a curbside tree, my neighbor ran into another one and documented it (above).

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Mere hours later, I spied a tree, decorated and all, still standing in a local living room (above). The reflection in the window prevented capturing it in a photo, but Scout's Honor, it is there.

(Image credit: Bridget McBride)

My sister sent me this picture back in April and we chuckled about it being the last holiday tree hold out. We were wrong, very wrong.

So, readers, can you shed any needles...er, light on this? Is this strictly a phenomenon in my neighborhood (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)? Have you ever held onto a tree this long and can offer us some kind of rationale? Please, help my bewildered mind figure this out.

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