NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 6:59 PM
Wilma Marostical bought her Christmas tree from a vendor in Union Square.
Chilly winter weather and bundled up holiday shoppers made for the perfect backdrop Saturday for picking out a Christmas tree.
It truly looked like the most wonderful time of the year in Union Square where Wilma Marostical perused the five-foot firs stacked at a corner stand.
“My kids are all grown up so I don’t need a big tree for them,” she said. But it’s nice even to have a small tree in the apartment, it’s the most important decoration.
“And the smell of a real tree always reminds me of Christmas.”
Marostical said the cold provides the right seasonal touch, even it’s an adjustment for her.
“I’m from Trinidad so I don’t like the cold, but it definitely feels like winter now so yes, it feels more like Christmas.”
Holiday cheer spread to Brooklyn where shoppers sought last-minute gifts and eyed the trees along Court St.
“We like fresh trees,” said Maritza Solomon, 62, of the six-foot fraiser fir she picked out. “We like the way they smell.”
“I’ll be here on Christmas Eve to sell to last minute buyers who still want to get a tree,” said Jim Van Houten, 71, of Van Houten farms in Pennsylvania, who was set up in Union Square.
Solomon says she and her husband usually buy their tree toward the end of December because they leave it up until Three Kings day on Jan. 6.
“I’ve been working, so today was the only day me and my husband could go out and get one,” she said.
A man saws off the base of a tree for a customer in Union Square.
Sales have been a little slow for the tree salesmen with the warm weather, but that doesn’t mean they’re not getting caught up with all the Christmas spirit going around.
“I’ll be here on Christmas Eve to sell to last minute buyers who still want to get a tree,” said Jim Van Houten, 71, of Van Houten farms in Pennsylvania, who was set up in Union Square. “They come every year!”