Christmas Trees on NYC Sidewalks

‘Tis the season for NYC sidewalks to smell like forests.

At least for one month of the year, beginning about a week before Thanksgiving and extending through Christmas, many New York City sidewalks smell really wonderful. That’s because for that month or so, they smell like forests, thanks to the sale of Christmas trees.

You can actually stand next to a sidewalk display of trees, close your eyes, and imagine you’re in some faraway woods. You do need a very active imagination to block out the sound of honking horns, sirens, as well as other pedestrians talking, yelling, cursing or otherwise making noises not typical in the woods.

Despite all that, I inhale deeply, something I’d never think of doing the other 11 months of the year.