With the passing of Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is upon us, and with it comes a myriad of customs, traditions and rituals. But none may be more ubiquitous than selecting and decorating the iconic symbol of the season: a Christmas tree.
For most of us this means a trip to the neighborhood lot, or, for a few more adventurous souls, an outing to a farm to pick your own, but regardless of the location, there is one certainty: the tree is cut and will eventually die after the festivities cease. Annually, the U.S. total for cut trees is a staggering 30-35 million. Fortunately, most are recycled, but that’s still a lot of greenery going to waste.
This year, there’s another option for Atlanta dwellers – aside from a plastic tree – and it comes to us by way of our favorite pop men, the King of Pops.
Tree Elves is their latest venture, which allows you to custom “build” your holiday tree – a Leland cypress – online. An elf will then deliver it to your home in a pot, where you can finishing decorating, water and enjoy your tree until your appointed post-Christmas pick-up time. Once back with the elves, the trees will be planted in our city through neighborhood planting parties, landscape companies and via donations.
“Initially we just thought it was a fun idea, but the community support has really gotten us excited about it. It feels right, and gives us some more work through the first week of January,” summer popman and winter elf Steve Carse told us. “[The environmental aspect of this] is very important. We could have picked up and delivered dead trees, but that just doesn’t fit in our long-term plans. Instead of going into a landfill, these trees are going to make our neighborhoods even more green.”
Three sizes are available – small, medium and large – at prices ranging from $55-$90, with add-ons available.
Photo by Czechmate