Midtown-Hell’s Kitchen, NY — As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic threatens some of America’s most iconic holiday traditions in 2020, it should still be possible to take your family on the hunt for the ideal Christmas tree this year — and more importantly, do it safely.
Did you know that at least 25 million real Christmas trees are sold each year across America, and currently, 350 million are growing in all 50 U.S. states? During this unprecedented year, Christmas tree lots and choose-and-cut farms nationwide are taking precautions as coronavirus cases rise to ensure locals can take home a tree with minimal risk to their health and safety.
“It is likely that Christmas will have a greater significance for many in 2020 as we seek to offset the disruption of normalcy from COVID-19 with a family-oriented holiday experience,” the the National Christmas Tree Association wrote on its website this year. “However, shopping for a Christmas tree, the iconic centerpiece of the holiday, will be a different experience this year as the risks from COVID-19 must be taken seriously.”
In fact, the association has released a 2020 guide including recommendations and best practices for Christmas tree sellers to follow, including frequently sanitizing items and areas such as hand saws, tree cart handles, countertops, door handles and restrooms. Special signage and social-distancing rules are also being encouraged.
If a real Christmas tree is on your holiday wish list this year, here is a selection of some of our favorite Christmas tree farms in the Midtown-Hell’s Kitchen area.
Want to get the most out of your real Christmas tree? It can take some patience, practice and good advice. Here are a few tips to remember, courtesy of the National Christmas Tree Association: