Here in NYC, although stores start putting up Christmas decorations right after Halloween, the real sign that Christmas is near is the arrival of the “tree people” as we so affectionately call them.
All over the city, the wooden frames that will hold the trees start going up the weekend before Thanksgiving, followed soon thereafter by the people who sell the trees. We’ve seen the same two girls (who live in Montreal for the rest of the year) selling trees near our building for 4 or 5 years now. Before that it was a couple who would drive in from Alaska every year. The trees start arriving the day or so before Thanksgiving, and all the tree stands will be fully stocked until Christmas Eve.
As soon as the trees arrive, it feels like the season has begun. This year we welcomed the trees with wet snow, adding to the seasonal feel.
Although I don’t love Christmas decorations the day after Halloween, or Christmas music 24/7 starting the day before Thanksgiving (I mean who doesn’t love Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” but do we really need to hear it 587 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas?), as soon as the tree people arrive in the city, I’m in. Christmas is coming! Hurray! The smell of pine forest every time I go to get my coffee is a fantastic bonus.
So here is a little “Christmas Bokeh” (bokeh is the name for what lights do in photography when they are out of focus), courtesy of our local tree stand.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Holidays!