Celebrating Christmas with a plastic Christmas tree is like celebrating Thanksgiving with a plush turkey, Labor Day with the president of a corrupt textile mill, or Valentine's Day with a terrible raven shouting at you from the doorway. Preserve the spirit of the season with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 6- to 7.5-foot Fraser fir tree (an $80 value) from City Tree Lots. Choose between their Edgewater or Downtown Jersey City locations, which open for the season on Saturday, December 3.
City Tree Lots keeps Christmas fresh and natural with a wide variety of firs, ranging in height from 5 to 13 feet. The Fraser fir is grown in the mountains of North Carolina, and is one of the most popular Christmas trees on the market. Fraser firs are ideal for indoor use because, unlike recovering knitting addicts, they don't shed their needles all over the living room carpet. A 6- to 7.5-foot fir is the perfect size for seasoning up an apartment, house, or murky cave system. Celebrants who want to roll out the red carpet for Santa's minions can upgrade to a variety of taller Fraser firs or to a 6- to 7-foot Balsam fir for an additional fee ($14.99–$39.99 extra, depending on the tree).
In addition to its sentimental and cultural cachet, a real Christmas tree represents a renewable resource. While plastic trees are non-biodegradable and contain significant hidden production costs, City Tree Lots' trees are farmed from continually supported ecosystems and can be composted once Christmas has passed, or draped in a trench coat and reused as a valuable friend during subsequent months of cabin fever.
Edgewater Tree Barn
Edgewater Tree Barn’s trees travel from both local farms and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to decorate living rooms for the holiday season. On sturdy branches, the needles of the fraser and douglas firs twinkle magically under the rays of colorful Christmas tree lights. The trees range in height from 5 to 13 feet, allowing them to fit into tight corners or tower majestically in a stately living room or two-story cave. The lot also supplies wreaths, roping, and other seasonal decorating tools.
In addition to populating homes with seasonal greenery, the holiday helpers behind Edgewater Tree Barn also embody the spirit of the season through their ongoing charitable work. This year, they're collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and the pets in its care.