Caption: Volunteers anchor unsold Christmas trees to chains at the edge of Quarry Lake in Fremont., Credit: Erica Mu
Image by: Erica Mu 
Volunteers anchor unsold Christmas trees to chains at the edge of Quarry Lake in Fremont. 

Holidays: Following the fate of the Christmas tree

From: KALW
Length: 05:41

Where do Christmas trees go after the holiday season? Read the full description.

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Follow the fate of the Christmas tree from the lot to the lake and landfill

Broadcast History

KALW 91.7 FM:
January 25, 2010
January 4, 2011


Well, it’s been more than a week since Christmas, and by now, even the most festive among us have likely gotten over the holiday spirit. That’s what it looks like around KALW. Just blocks from our radio station in San Francisco, Christmas trees are sitting on the side of the road, ready to be carted away by someone – anyone – who will notice.

KALW’s Erica Mu followed the fate of some of those trees, and it led her to some very interesting places.

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ERICA MU: If you’re like me, the sight of inflatable Santa’s and fake, twinkling icicles anytime after December 25th, may cause you to roll down the car window and yell out, “Christmas is over!" I’m no Grinch; I just think holiday sentimentality has its place, and its expiration date is approximately 11:59 p.m. on December 25th. And while my neighbors can continue to flaunt their cheerful, plastic, and permanently anchored reind...
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Timing and Cues

TRT: 5:40

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Andy Williams :00

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