Christmas might still be a few weeks away, but in New York it’s never too early to start decorating your house for the biggest holiday of the year. One thing that can’t be missing when it comes to contributing to the Christmas spirit, is, of course, the Christmas tree. Will you go for a real tree or an artificial one this year? One big enough to reach the ceiling, or a cute small tree to fit on the kitchen table? And most importantly: Where are you going to get one?
Where to Get Your Tree
Most people start their search for the perfect Christmas tree in Manhattan and end up spending about three times the necessary amount. The average price of a Christmas tree in SoHo is $135. Greenwich Village holds the record this year, charging up to $1,000 for a tree (including delivery, stand and tip).
Instead, you should check out The Bronx for tree shopping. If you like to go for a real tree, Uptown Christmas Trees offers beautiful trees for prices varying from $40 till $80, depending on the height. Another option is The Home Depot, which has establishments in multiple parts of The Bronx. They offer a great selection of different types of Christmas trees. You can check out their information on the website, so that you can choose your favorite tree in advance of visiting the shop and take the new addition to your household home with you. If you want to surprise your family with an artificial, but realistic looking tree instead, The Home Depot also has what you’re looking for.
How to Select and Care for the Perfect Tree
Even when you have decided on the best place to get your new addition to the family, there’s still so many options. There’s a few things you need to take into account when it comes to choosing your tree for this year. For example, look out for dull needles, withered bark on the outer twigs and the presence of insects on the trees. You might also want to lightly shake the tree to see how many needles it sheds. In addition, make sure that your new tree fits into the stand you’ve selected for it.
Even after you’ve brought your beautiful tree home, taking proper care of it is important if you want to make sure you and your family can enjoy it as long as possible. New York can get pretty cold in the winter, so in order for the tree to acclimate to the warmth of your living room, it might be a good idea to first put it in the garage for a while.
Extra Cash for the Perfect Christmas Tree
So you found your perfect Christmas tree for a reasonable price, but it’s just outside of your budget. With Provident Loan Society, you’ll still be able to get the tree of your dreams! Provident Loan is a lending organization that offers instant cash in exchange for collateral. The organization has five offices all around New York City, so if you decided on Christmas shopping in the Bronx, you can quickly stop by the office in the neighborhood.
The process is fast and simple. All you have to do is bring your collateral and within 20 minutes, you’ll walk out of the door with just that extra cash you need to buy that one tree you want. Merry Christmas!
About the author
Daphne Striekwold is studying International Business & Languages in the Netherlands.