Over the years, the process has been the same; picking, cutting and carting. Now, Syracuse will be rockin' under a new Christmas tree, a more permanent one.
Parks and Rec posted a video announcing a new artificial tree. It's an answer to some of the comments about the previous trees.
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh read, "It's like a rocket nose cone in a cobwebbed tent. Norm from Eastwood...Really Norm?"
The city says a real tree takes about three weeks to cut down, bring it to Clinton Square and put it up. But for the artificial tree, they say it'll probably take less than a week.
"In passing years, it's been harder and harder to find that tree. We also just took a look at how it was affecting our budget. We looked at how man-hours and how much time on overtime and straight time was spent putting up that real tree and we felt that it was time for a change," said Julie LaFave, Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Commissioner.
It's Christmas in July for some.
"I love the smell of a real tree, but I like that it's practical to get a fake tree," said Nick Sanford, Toss 'n' Fire Woodfire Pizza owner. "I think that they're listening to what people want...I'm sure that there are people on both sides of the aisle there," said Sanford.
That other side was just two trucks down.
"In Lebanon, we have the odisha tree which is basically a part of our flag...so a tree being one of our significant features, I understand the feeling. Having a tree come in that they have to pick out as a part of the whole festivities, it gives it a nice feel," said Fady Khabbaz, Byblos Street Grill and Byblos Mediterranean Cafe.
Whether you prefer artificial or a real tree, the Christmas spirit in Clinton Square will still stand it.