There when you could roll down Old Country Road and see live Christmas Tree stands in the parking lots of the major supermarkets.
And they seemed like such festive places, open late into the winter night and adorned by strings of glimmering white lights. You could get lost in this make-shift suburban forest, a holiday world filled with pine scent and crunching needles beneath your feet. Trees went for about 10 bucks in the '60s; the stumpy asymetrical ones with big mid-tree gaps (a personal favorite) were even less.
Apparently those days are gone in Plainview. Do you remember them?
This week, Patch rolled south the length of Manetto Hill Road, west along Old Country and then North on South Oyster Bay Road: Not a tree stand to be found. If we've missed one, please let us know about it in the comments section. We'll add it promptly and take a picture.
But where have all the Christmas tree stands gone?
In case you're in need, here are some nearby places to take the family this weekend, pick your own and strap it to the top of your car:
Meyer's Farm Stand
Trees are available at , just off Woodbury Road in Woodbury.
Meyers has 7 foot Fraser firs for $40, 7.5 foot Fraser Firs for
$50. There are even trees as tall as 13 feet: Cost is $125.
Meyer's is nearby, and probably the closest thing to those tree stands we remember from Plainview long ago.
At on Jericho Turnpike, a 6-7 foot Fraser Fir sells for $35; 7-8 feet for $49; 8-9 feet at $65; 9-10 feet $79.
Their Balsam trees start at $30. They also offer Noble Firs between 6-8 feet at $45. Joe Crane from Home Depot said the Nobles are very stout and have thick needles. Fraser firs are the "Most popular," said Crane. "People feel they hold needles longer" and Balsams are known for having the best smell.
At t, on Jackson Avenue in Syosset, Fraser Firs between 6-7 feet go for $60 or $65; between 7-8 feet cost between $70 and $75. Balsam trees are a little less expensive, costing $45 between 5-6 feet. The price rises with the size.
St. Edward's the Confessor
Parents of thel on Jackson Avenue in Syosset are holding their annual Christmas tree fundraiser. They are selling a Fraser-Balsam Cross. Six-7 foot trees go for $50; 7-8 foot trees sell for $60, and 8-9 foot trees sell for $65; Proceeds benefit the school.