Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Missing Christmas Trees

Maybe I’m a little slow on the upswing, but I noticed something this past weekend. There are no big tents up around here. The big tents that would pop up about every five miles along US1. This is where they sold Christmas trees and outdoor Christmas lawn decorations. In the past these big tents popped up just after Thanksgiving. There are none to be found this year. Even Home Depot and Lowes have fewer trees for sale than they have in the past. Also, both those stores have a lot less in the way of Christmas decorations and such than they usually have. The little kid in me always enjoyed just looking at all that “shiny stuff”.

Is it just in my neck of the woods, or have you guys noticed this sort of thing where you live? I wonder about the people who farm Christmas trees, is this financial mess taking them down too? I guess no one is safe now from the Great 2008 Financial Grinch.


Blogger FranIAm said...

I live in an area that has some tree farms, so we went and cut down our own tree from a local place. The woman who owns it is someone I know and they do a great job of re-seeding so the huge property is a series of patches of trees from teeny tiny and just growing, to almost there, to amazing glory.

We don't really have places by the road so much, but someone I know told me that some group, the Lion's Club or something is not selling trees from a parking lot this year as it was not making money the past few years, so you may be onto something.

I was in Home Depot and Loew's last night for something else, but they did have trees.

As I have assiduously avoided all shopping of late I have no idea what is in the stores.

Thanks for the interesting observation.

OK, this may be my only blog comment today... Now that I am working, time is short! Glad I got to visit you!

December 10, 2008 3:00 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I've seen trees on the roofs of cars that people bought somewhere but you're right. The usual 'tree emporiums' ain't there.

December 10, 2008 3:09 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

they must have all moved to the west of you. I never saw them up north but have notived them everywhere here. I kept asking locals what they were for, they would judt laugh at me.
I have artificial tree, so would have no need now. added note one even has so many flowers for sale too and not just pointsieta

December 10, 2008 4:12 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I feel as if there aren't as many as usual either. And that those that are popping up are doing so a little later than usual. People must not be in the Christmas spirit or something...

I know I haven't even thought about sending cards yet!

December 10, 2008 5:22 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

A couple of the local mega churches are selling trees this year but I sense there are fewer tree lots than last year. Whole Foods has trees but they are all only $49.00. In previous years you could go into the hundreds of dollars for trees.

December 10, 2008 5:48 AM  
Blogger roger said...

it's a sign of the war on christmas.

December 10, 2008 7:15 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

We don't have as many Christmas Tree tents as we used to, but that has been happening for several years now. However, I was in Lowe's yesterday and I couldn't believe how they were about sold out on their Christmas stuff! I couldn't believe that they didn't have additional stuff to restock with!

December 10, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

We don't buy an Xmas tree so I haven't noticed either way. Wouldn't surprise me though.

December 10, 2008 8:17 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

you are right. now that i think of it.

December 10, 2008 8:23 AM  
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December 10, 2008 10:26 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Well, in the case of the stores not having as much Santa bling, I think that's just a shortage of credit/cash to buy the inventory. I'm sure even the major stores are having problems justifying the outlay of too much crap unless they're absolutely certain of selling it all before they have to slash it to 50% off on the 26th.

As for tree places, I think PA must be big into tree farms. There are several in the area, and I've never seen any grocery stores etc. selling trees.

December 11, 2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger Spirula said...

no one is safe now from the Great 2008 Financial Grinch

Unless you work for AIG, Bank of America etc., or all the wretched and starving rich people that invested in them.

Actually, I haven't really noticed much of a change. But being this is a college town, so the Holidays (take THAT Christmas!) produce a mass exodus, and I can actually drive through town without suffering a fit of apoplexy.

Of course, tree sales could have slacked of considerably and I'm just a clueless, unobservant twit.

I can't rule that out.

December 11, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger Spirula said...

Doh! that "so" doesn't belong.

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