Shown here the day after Christmas, more than 100 remaining trees from Glenn Eames’ Christmas tree business off Dawson Road are destined to be spirited away for free and dumped in farm ponds to be used as fish habitats. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — The Eames family has been selling Christmas trees in Albany for more than 50 years. As is typical with any business, some years are better than others. This past Christmas was not one of the better years for Glenn Eames.
A quick visit to the Eames tree lot on Thursday revealed more than 100 unsold trees and wreaths sitting forlornly in the lot.
There was a note, handwritten on a piece of yellow legal paper, nailed to a post that read: “Please feel free to take the tree of your choice for free. Have a Merry Christmas.”
Eames said the trees will soon be gone, scooped up by people with farm ponds. The trees will be dumped into the ponds to be used as fish habitats.
“The farmers love this kind of Christmas … I don’t,” Eames said.
While the season wasn’t a disaster for Eames, he said having more than 100 trees left after Christmas is not what he wanted.
“It’s happened before,” Eames said. “There have been times we have had 300 to 400 left over. I talked to a friend of mine in Columbus and he had more than 200 left. We don’t like to see that, we’d rather have about 30 trees left.”
Eames blamed the slow sales on a combination of factors.
“The late Thanksgiving date was a killer and not helpful to us,” Eames said. “The Saturday after Thanksgiving is usually our busiest day and we were really busy until about two or three until Georgia Tech and Georgia kicked off, then Alabama-Auburn. I’d never seen football games shut down tree sales like that.”
However, never fear, Eames and his trees will be back next year.
“This year was just one of those things,” he said. “It’s the nature of the business.”