With 15 days left before Christmas, you ought to pick up your tree soon. For those of us busy running around all week, the weekend is the perfect time to choose the perfect tree. Give it a day or two for the branches to fall and then make an evening of decorating it from top to bottom.
1. In Montauk, has a selection of trees, wreaths, and roping. They also carry sprays and little knick knacks that make this holiday season so special. This time of year, the store is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Whether you live in Montauk or just visiting the Point to take in the lights on the , you can also pick up a tree at the and check out their selection of cut Christmas trees and wreaths. The center is open from on Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3. Traveling west across the stretch, make a stop at on the Amagansett-East Hampton border. The nursery offers trees from 3 to 12 feet in height. They also have a selection of wreaths.
4. Moving into East Hampton Village, there's a few places to choose from, starting with . This cozy boutique garden center has all the trimmings to decorate the tree of your choice.
5. A local favorite would be the pop-up nursery in the curve at Toilsome and Gingerbread Lanes, by . Theses guys bring loads of trees straight from Vermont for the holiday. They have a selection of bows, stands and wreaths. Trees range in height from 4 feet to 10 feet, and a few are over the 10 foot mark. On Sunday, Santa will be on hand to help out.
6. , next to the , sells trees, as well. Like most places, they'll saw off a fresh cut to make your tree last an extra long time. Your home will surely have that wonderful smell of pine in no time.
7. If you drive down Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton this time of year, you're sure to have seen Santa standing outside the Christmas tree stand by the Bridgehampton School and waving to passing motorists. The stand looks small, but they have a wide array of trees and wreaths, decorated and plain.
8. While in Bridgehampton, you can stop and see the friendly folks at Country Gardens, also known as Agway. Country Gardens always has a large selection of trees and wreaths. The store also has lights and stands, among many other necessisities, so it's real a one-stop shopping experience. You might even find some presents for those on your list.
9. The Laurel Group in Water Mill offers a great Christmas experience if you're going to be in the Southampton area. The lovely lights flickering as you walk around searching for the perfect tree and beautiful displays of garland and bows just exemplifies the season. Also the shop offers some live trees that are balled and ready to be planted after the holiday.
10. Over in Sag Harbor, the Lion's Club sells Christmas trees every year on the by the windmill. The members of the lion's club take turns volunteering to man the station and help tie the tree down on the tops of cars. The proceeds go towards the club's charitable functions, such as paying for fuel oil to heat the elderly's homes.