While part of me wants to hate this time of year, I can't help but love it.
Spending time with family, eating oodles of sweets and general over-indulging are right up my alley. And since the holidays are here whether we like it or not, there's no use living in denial. To help get you in the mood, you can spruce up your apartment with an evergreen wreath or tree. My tiny place has no space for a tree, so a wreath is a nice compromise. It adds a bit of greenery to the place and the smell is like nothing else.
Windy Maples Farm, who has been a part of the Greenmarket since its inception thirty years ago, is at Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They're selling wreathes and Christmas trees there until December 23rd. And while you're there you can stop by the Union Square Holiday Market to further embrace America's commercialism and get everyone checked off your list. Your inner-Scrooge needs a vacation until January, when the weather's cold and the Greenmarket's quiet. At least then we'll have something to complain about.
• At Martins Pretzels, Akron, PA: pretzels start at $1 for 4 up to $22.75 for an 8 lb box.
• At Windy Maples Farm, Middletown, NY: carrots and potatoes, $1/bag; assorted pies, $7; muffins, $1; cookies, $1.25/3; wreathes, $10 - $15; Christmas trees, $25 - $100.
Union Square Greenmarket is located at 17th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.