Can we agree that regardless of your denomination, there's something universally lovely about strolling through the aisles of evergreen trees that line the sidewalks at this time of year?
We can't speak for everyone but Christmas in New York is pretty much a holiday to celebrate capitalism at this point– even our beautiful window displays are to attract people to department stores to shop.
So sue us if we like taking simple pleasures like taking a deep breath of pine-y air, knowing that these beautiful trees will be set up in someone's living room and bringing joy to their family.
Okay, so it's a little harder to be so Tiny Tim about it when you realize that the full cost of one of these Christmas trees can reach around $1000, but hey, does that actually surprise anyone?
As reported by Gothamist, a long-time Christmas tree seller in Greenwich Village for example, has a tree she's selling for $750– but that doesn't include $200 for the stand, $25 for delivery, and $20 for each of the guys transporting and installing the tree.
We totally get holiday spirit but damn, for a plant that's going to sit around for a month and then get thrown out? Especially when cash is already usually pretty tight after buying gifts, we don't see how it could be worth it.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association (are they accepting applications?), an average of 25 to 30 million trees are cut down every year, but the average buyer spends $50.82 on their tree.
We don't know where these mythical $50 trees are, but the tree vendor from earlier points out that certain types of trees, namely the $750 13-foot fir she was defending, are harder to get. So, as usual, you can basically count on NYC to inflate prices 1000%.
Of course, if you're not in the market for an absurdly overpriced, very limited use evergreen tree this holiday season—and you want to maybe avoid the hassle of going out, picking it out, strapping it to whatever you can, and taking it back home (oh, and don't forget the stupidly annoying process of setting it up), well, look at SoHo Trees.
You might remember them from last year when they saved our lives by shipping, delivering, and even setting up beautiful, stupidly reasonably priced trees right to our apartments last Christmas.
Well, they're back at it again this year. So if you want to spare yourself the hassle of picking out, bundling up, and somehow carrying your tree back to your apartment, well, check out SoHo Trees.
Or, if you're a stickler for tradition, you can check out one of their 9 different retail outposts across Manhattan (even one deep out in Brooklyn).
Swing by their flagship location in SoHo Square on 6th Avenue and Spring Street. It's got the largest selection and the greatest variety of trees around.
But for the love of God, don't do anything stupid like dropping a cold grand on a Christmas tree. We're New Yorkers. We've got better ways to spend our money.
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