So is it just me, or do you find it a little bit sad just before Christmas to see all the trees that were never sold? It seems kind of wrong that they were raised to be one glorious thing for a few glorious weeks, and now they’ll end up as mulch without ever having fulfilled their destinies.
It’s not as if it’s like it was when I was a girl and trees varied – a lot. There were the bushy ones and the scrawny ones, and almost every tree had a “bad side” that you would put against the wall. Trees were not as bushy back then either, and because they weren’t sprayed, if you were very lucky, your tree would contain a bird’s nest. Now trees are uniformly bushy, and the only variations are species and size. I don’t think you could find a scrawny one if you tried.
I spoke to the owner of one of our local nurseries and he told me he had ordered more than 3,000 trees from New Hampshire this year. He also said that despite cheery media reports about booming live tree sales, his sales were down this year and had been declining steadily for the past several years.
I wandered around and looked at the trees that would never see an ornament or lights. There were so many of them. One was being loaded onto someone’s SUV, but the rest would remain unsold – some of them still in their original wrappers.
That is sad, isn’t it?