Monday, December 22, 2008
The problem with the $30 trees at the corner deli is that they start turning brown about 15 seconds after you pay the deli guy. Then you not only feel like an idiot, you also feel like a bad father--like the Grinch--for being so cheap that you bought your family a brown Christmas tree.
This year we splurged on a $75 tree. We bypassed the corner deli and went to Zingone Brothers vegetable market on Columbus. They specialize in vegetables, and since a tree is basically a very large vegetable, we trusted their expertise.
They did not disappoint. It is, in fact, much, much nicer than a $30 tree. It reaches almost all the way to the ceiling, it has no glaring missing patches, and--best of all--it has actually remained quite green thus far.
The moral of this story is that the true spirit of Christmas cannot be bought for $30. It costs $75, and it is well worth it.