For the lazy but festive: get your Christmas tree delivered this weekend

By Virginia K. Smith  | December 5, 2014 - 11:59AM

Dragging a heavy tree through the streets of the city may be a Christmas rite of passage, but in a town where round-the-clock delivery options are the norm, you should be able to get a Christmas tree sent to your door on demand, no? So goes the thinking behind Tyler's Trees, an online tree-ordering service that'll deliver, install, and even decorate your tree, without you having to set so much as a foot outside. Perhaps more importantly, once the pine needles have dried and the presents have been unwrapped, they'll also come get rid of it.

Of course, convenience doesn't come cheap: the lowest-priced option is a five-foot tree starting at $129, which includes delivery, installation, a tree skirt, and a heavy-duty tree stand. The priciest tannenbaum is a "Rockefeller 9 ft" tree for $369, with several other sizes and prices in between. If you shell out extra, they'll also bring in pro decorators to trim your tree,  with the theme options of "Classic Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," or maybe the most enticing, "Gold and Glamorous." (Boxes of lights are available for $14.99 if you'd rather do it yourself.) Removal services start at $50.

If you need a reason to justify the cost, Thrillist points out that the company puts some of the profit towards charitable work, donating trees to be planted around the city, and delivering trees and lights to Staten Island families affected by Sandy. It's worth remembering that making sure the tree doesn't become a nuisance is still on you: be sure to set up delivery through the building's service elevator, if you've got one,  and don't add any decorative touches that'll end up poisoning your pets or overloading your outlets. And if all that sounds like too much to tackle?  A Festivus Pole delivery service will probably be launching any day now.


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