Sure, yesterday was magical. Christmas is, you know, the “most wonderful time of year.”
But today. Christmas is so yesterday. Boxing Day is for Brits. Us go-getting Americans need to throw away the toys that no longer work. Toss out the leftovers.
And think about getting rid of that big Christmas tree too.
Fortunately, there’s help. At least for that last task.
Boy Scout Troop 39 of Westport will happily pick up your tree. That once beautiful, soon dying and needle-dropping symbol of recent holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.
The big day is Saturday, January 6. This is the 8th year in a row the Scouts are providing the service, so they’ve got the drill down pat. (And it’s a green drill: The trees are recycled as mulch. Last year they collected and chipped enough trees to provide the town with 5 tons of garden mulch!)
To register, click here. Reservations are limited so — unlike Christmas shopping — don’t delay.
Place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. that morning. Then tape an envelope with your donation to your front door.
The suggested donation is $20 per tree (cash or checks made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39” are fine). I’m sure the Scouts would not refuse higher amounts. Funds go toward activities like food drives, community service projects and backpacking trips.
The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.
NOTE: The Scouts can’t accept wreaths or garlands (the wires ruin tree chippers). You’re on your own for those!