"With the economy, I find that people still want a tree, they just want a less expensive tree a smaller tree or a lighter density," Kessler said. "I like to say we know what we're doing so we don't get stuck with any trees. But anything's possible. But we've been selling trees for so long, we know how to forecast it, and we know how to move trees."
"This year's been a little harder than normal," said Joey Wiesenbaugh, a manager at Countrybrook Farms Nursery Garden Center. "We ordered a little bit lower this year and still ended up with almost 100 left."
Despite another recession year, and the threat of artificial trees moving in on real tree territory, Kessler said his industry is doing fine.
Kessler said he usually waits a week to burn or chip the rest through a company based in Litchfield.
"Basically there's not much we can do with them but either chip them or burn them, and a lot of the time we end up burning them with the fire department's help," Wiesenbaugh said.
After Christmas, the season is marked by tree loading of a different kind: packing up leftover Balsam and Fraser firs left without a home for the holidays. Some retailers capitalize on other holidays to unload those trees, while others turn to burning or recycling.
In years past, the Hudson Fire Department also has borrowed Countrybrook's truck to pick up disposed trees to burn along with the leftovers, Wiesenbaugh said.
"Sometimes, we sell them or keep them for people that are going to have bonfires on New Years Eve," Kessler said. "That's probably one of the big things."
"I'll get to them when I have a chance, probably the 26th." Wiesenbaugh said. "I take them and throw them on the fork lift Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black and bring them out back and figure out if we're going to chip them or burn them. If the fire department helps, we'll burn Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced
Down the road on Amherst Street, Kessler's son, Illan Kessler, owner of North Pole Xmas Trees, had propped up a Russian sign outside the former Omega Watches Gold Vintage
The trees left after Christmas are chipped down or burned, many to celebrate the next big holiday on many people's calendars, Kessler said.
"Every outlet, every niche outlet, we pursue," Kesler said. "There's the Russian market. We do a lot of sets for plays and studios and what not. So there was a theater that was doing a play, and we were supplying them with trees."
"We'll get calls from across the country from Russian people asking us to send them trees," Kessler said. "We'll box it up and post it. We probably sell a dozen after Christmas."
"You forget that after Christmas, for the Russians, that's when they celebrate it," Kessler said. "Nashua's getting a nice, sizeable Russian community. So they buy trees. We'll have signs out in Russian. They'll come and buy trees then."
Other Christmas tree retailers in town that have felt a spark not a slump in Christmas tree sales this year, but resort to similar tactics to take care of their remaining inventory.
Building 19 parking lot, to bring in customers who need trees for Christmas celebrations Jan. 7.
"We have about eight leftovers but that's by design," George Kessler, owner of the Blushing Rose, of Nashua, said. "I got an extra load this week. Usually we sell down to about two or four. Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Quartz
With locations in Nashua, Hudson, Londonderry and Tyngsborough, Lowell and Chelmsford, Mass., North Pole Xmas Trees was doing better than the year before on Christmas Eve, Kessler said. We're still here."
The Blushing Rose sells 300 to 400 Christmas trees a year, imported from Canada, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania depending on the need, Kessler said.
Other outstanding inventory may be used for Christmas celebrations going into the next week, Kessler said.
Illan Kesseler, 38, an ancestor of Nashua's cherished Kessler Farms, has sold trees since he was 13 and has yet to see a change in the dozen or so left behind each year, he said.
"This year it's been extremely slow," Wiesenbaugh said. "We've sold three to four trees today, but in other years, I've sold 15 to 20 Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. It's a hard economy so it's been hard."
Countrybrook started off with 2,000 trees for families and wholesale, imported from Quebec and other areas of Canada, Wiesenbaugh said.
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Trees that don't go home with someone are either burned up or recycled to sustain some of the Hudson nursery's other trees, Wiesenbaugh said.
them. If not, we'll put them in a wood chipper. We'll take the wood chips and use them to heal our trees. They're all in the root balls, so we just chip them into that pile."
Just as families toss their trees the day after Christmas, Wiesenbaugh likely will be out working on Countrybrook's leftovers that day, he said.
NASHUA With every holiday season comes the familiar image of evergreens tied onto car roofs, on their way to enhance a family living room for Christmas.
Wiesenbaugh, who provided fresh tree cutting and car tying for a handful of last minute customers Saturday, said foot traffic was lighter on Christmas Eve.
But today, I haven't sold as many today as I thought I would. It's slower than normal."
"It's better to be stuck with a dozen than to sell out," he said. "If we have a dozen left, we know we've sold as much as we could, whereas if we sell out, who's to know if we could've sold more."
The first time Kessler made a sign reading, "Hello Russians: We are open for you," it attracted people looking for a restaurant, he said. But ever since he started using one, he's gotten rid of the last dozen or so trees at each site each year, he said.
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