Tree Man (2016) Christmas is without a doubt one of the most celebrated, written about and confusing holiday that we celebrate in The United States. All of this is covered in previous rants, so I won’t write an essay about how it is a hijacked holiday. It is needless to say that the people who vehemently proclaim that we must rescue the real meaning of Christmas are also the ones who embrace it most closely are pagan symbols. Other than the good Anti-Krampus itself, there is no other symbol that is more popular than the christmas tree, decorated in all its
Christian Pagan glory.
This brings us to 2016, Documentary, Tree Man. No, I’m not referring to the man above, a bad receiver of God’s mercy and love. Mr Koswara burden of Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia, an incurable disease that results in uncontrolled human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and the growth of the scaly warts similar to a tree trunk. He died 3 Feb, 2016.
I’m referring to a Canadian who buys trees from North Carolina and selling them in New York City. Only known as Francios, the Tree Man, with tears in his eyes, and relates how he leaves his family in Quebec, to live in his van and selling christmas trees in New York City. Francios has done this year, setting up on the sidewalk corner of 102nd street and Broadway in Manhattan and the sale of christmas trees to the nearby apartment residents. The Canadian has great sales and social skills and is embraced by the neighborhood. His Christmas were and value-added services, such as delivery and installation, have him repeat holiday customers and he has sold thousands of trees in the course of the years.
It is difficult and heavy work, with long hours in the freezing cold weather with rain, wind and snow. Francios lives and sleeps out of his van as 1-BR apartments in this prime location, performing more than 4000 dollars per month, if you would even be able to find. He has developed lasting relationships with some of his clients and is well known as a mentor and father-figure to the 2 young men who work for him. An older lady even allows him to shower and shave to her nearby apartment.
It is never revealed how much money these Tree Men (and women), but there is a fleeting reference to the price of trees. Francios refers to a $ 69 tree as a cheap boom. Considering this is New York City, I think the average price of its big trees would be more than $ 100, plus delivery and installation costs. A quick Google search shows that the average price of a 6 ft. Noble Fir will run about $ 75 this year, an increase of $ 69 last year. With his sales skills and the fact that he said he had sold thousands of trees, you’ve got to hope that Francios is the making of a good life, in spite of the severe conditions. It is not as easy as costs and overhead should be considered, plus competition in business is on the alert as Whole Foods now sells trees, and at a large discount. Looks like the little man with the big service is going to get it in the shorts again.
So, this is a great story, right? How can someone bah-humbug of a christmas tree? I mean, they are beautiful, they smell good, the embodiment of Christmas, and are fun to decorate. O. K., I’t…well, maybe a little bit. Christmas shows that there is a lot of things, but one of the most striking is the gap between the Haves and Have-Nots. The santa claus, just like his partner, Jesus, is very generous, but more generous to the rich. The majority of the Buyers were, of course, well-to-do; a woman even hired to decorate a business, on the undoubtedly thousands of dollars, for the creation of her tree and her palatial apartment a Winter Wonderland. The decorator should be noted that the tree would be for only 4 days and then discarded. This is in contrast to the tree Sellers and their assistance, who seem to be barely making it in life.
The beloved christmas tree is one of the symbols of America. The documentary ended, there was a very revealing scene in which one of the wealthy apartment residents walked out of his fru-fru little mutt, who went on to micturate on a not be sold or disposed of post christmas tree. The last scene shows Francios’s two young helpers, looking morosely as he threw from the trees are unceremoniously to the ground in mulch. I know, christmas trees are crops, not unlike the wheat and corn that we raise our insulin levels. They are also a symbol of much merriment and joy, but ultimately just a waste ritual of a confused holiday. Bah! Humbug.
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