For immigrant families from India, the holidays come closest to the long, riotous wedding seasons in the homeland.
Bell’s Christmas Trees in Accord, N.Y., closed early this month after its customers, worn down by the pandemic and looking for a safe family activity, bought out its entire inventory.
Sellers across the continent have reported surging demand, though coronavirus restrictions have complicated supply.
There’s been a run on Christmas trees as Canadians, trapped inside because of the pandemic, try, in record numbers, to shoehorn joy into their lives.
The evergreen will be lit on Wednesday night and on display into January, but visitors will be limited because of the pandemic.
The underwhelming first glimpse of the Norway spruce seemed a metaphor for 2020’s troubles. But perhaps the tree just needs a little time to relax.