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To Rent A Tree or Kill A Tree?

December 21, 2010

After reading an article in USA TODAY on renting Christmas trees I thought the idea was ridiculous but in reality it is a great concept. Since Jason and I have a plastic tree I’ll have to go back to the days when I was growing up to remember what it was like to have a real tree. Growing up in Lake George, we did get a live tree every year that was usually between 13 to 15 feet tall. We would get it the weekend after Thanksgiving and it typically stayed up until the day before the first child was heading back to school. At this point, the tree had become a fire hazard and if you would walk close to it, the cascading of needles was deafening.

We would wrap this monstrosity in bed sheets, lean it over, and run as fast as we could to get it out the door. Then we proceed to rake, yes rake, the living room carpet because the needles had since left the tree and were now snuggled into the shag carpet. The tree then sat at the curbside until DPW would pick it up, shred it and line the snowmobile trails with it. But if we had a major snow storm before they picked it up, it could sit there for months before it appeared again.

Renting Christmas tree’s is not a new idea and there are at least seven companies doing it along the West Coast. For a $100 they deliver your potted tree and pick it up at your convenience after the holidays. These companies, typically nurseries, store the tree the rest of the year. Over the last two years a recent survey illustrated that consumers purchased 28.2 million live trees and 11.7 million artificial trees.

I feel this concept of renting trees is long past due. Although it’s expensive (just under $100), they drop it off and pick it up. The needles stay on as long as you water it, there’s no eye sore on your curb while waiting for it to be hauled off and you get the wonderful smell of pine that Jason and I have to light a candle for.

Here at GAI (, we are very similar to renting a Christmas tree during the holiday season. We meet with you, make you feel comfortable and do not stand in the middle of your living room dropping needles. Our tax and bookkeeping services will keep you up to date with the latest tax law changes and give you ease of mind. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 212-9879-6830, visit our website or just stop in. Our doors open at 8am and we close at 6pm (from January 15th to April 15th we will be taking appointments until 8pm).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2010 11:34 am

    really like the idea of renting a tree. Cool article

  2. December 21, 2010 1:07 pm

    Your mom is so pretty, what’s your dog’s name?

  3. December 21, 2010 1:50 pm

    You look so much like your mom, such a beautiful lady.

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