Retail stores have a tendency to jump the gun on holiday decorations. In order to put out Valentine’s decorations in December, they must have rid themselves of the old. This is why one is more likely to find Valentine’s decorations in December than leftover Halloween decorations – although those exist too. One may find some peculiar remnants of holidays past in the outside world, however. How else could I explain the rather dry Christmas Tree I found in a tree pit in Brooklyn Heights on April 24, 2021 (fallen for a different reason than the last Brooklyn Heights tree pit I wrote about).

A very dry Christmas tree in a tree pit on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. Photographed on April 24, 2021, by N.A. Ferrell.
As advertised. I took the photo with the Open Camera App on my Motorola Moto e6 on April 24, 2020. Victor V. Gurbo edited the photo for publication.

I vaguely recall Christmas having occurred several months ago. Now that we have been in operation for an entire year, I can even point you to several articles that I wrote to commemorate the Christmas season. The Twelve Days of Christmas are also long past.

Yet through it all, this very dry Christmas Tree persists, resting on Montague Street between Hicks and Montague Terrace.

Is that thing a fire hazard? The National Weather Service had a wildfire warning for Manhattan the day before. Were they looking in the wrong New York City borough? You can see Brooklyn Heights from Lower Manhattan. Just look across the East River.

The trees are in bloom in Brooklyn Heights and neighboring neighborhoods – especially Carroll Gardens. The blooming trees are pretty, albeit bearing some unwelcome gifts for allergy sufferers. But one tree lays in a tree pit. A Christmas Tree that is not perennially virid like our humble website – but instead quite brown.

Aside – who leaves a Christmas Tree in a tree pit?