In a profile today in the Times, landscape architect turned “tree-hugger”, Scott Martin of Torrance, California explains his new Christmas tree rental service. His business is centered around the concept of delivering live, potted Christmas trees that are taken away and re-planted after the holiday is over. Mr. Martin, who delivered trees for a nursery as a teenager in California, explains “California is more attached to the green movement, so they are more willing to try this service here.” To rent a tree, you would visit his website, livingchristmas.com, pick out a tree from among several varieties, and schedule your delivery. Prices range from $50 to $185 depending on size and type of the tree and the recommended length of stay for a tree in a house is two-three weeks. One of the coolest thing about this service is that after the tree is picked up and re-planted, customers have the option of renting the same tree the following year so it may return taller. I don’t know how good that is for the tree, being uprooted and re-planted annually but it’s certainly better than chopping it down. I won’t be surprised if this business concept catches on around the country.
As we are just a week away from Christmas Eve, today marks the start of our week-long Holiday Jam of the Day series. We’re starting things off with a Christmas tree classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas. “O Tannenbaum”, originally a German song, has many versions and is often referred to as “Oh Christmas Tree” here in the U.S., but this is my favorite.
Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum: