Christmas Trees Can Only Be Legally Sold on NYC Streets in December

Sidewalks throughout New York City turn into temporary little Christmas forests every year around the holidays as tree vendors set up shop. It's pure seasonal magic. But thanks to an obscure 1938 law, the sale of Christmas trees on NYC streets is only legal in December. » 12/01/14 4:28pm 12/01/14 4:28pm

The World's Largest (and Probably Only) Tripod Christmas Tree

The easiest way to set a world record is to think of something so grandiose and obscure that no one could have ever possibly thought of attempting it before. And for the folks over at Custom SLR, that involved building the world's largest Christmas tree made entirely of tripods—plus the requisite festive decor. » 12/25/13 3:00pm 12/25/13 3:00pm

7 of the World's Most Awesome Alternative Christmas Trees

Nothing will ever be able to replace the simple beauty of a real, live Christmas tree—and don't even get us started on the smell. But no matter how much we may cherish this piney holiday tradition, the reality remains: They're bulky, messy, and a pain in the ass to toss out once they're dead. But fake Christmas trees… » 12/24/13 9:00am 12/24/13 9:00am

Do You Buy a Real Christmas Tree Or a Fake One?

It's that special time of year filled with wonder and whimsy when we put trees in our homes and transform our apartments into magical forests decorated with plastic tinsel and colored glass orbs. But your tree. Your tree! Is it real or fake? » 12/13/13 1:20pm 12/13/13 1:20pm

Is Cloning the Key to Perfect Christmas Trees?

When you think of cloning, you'll probably either think of dolly, or maybe some sort of sci-fi clone army. German scientists, on the other hand, their minds hop to Christmas trees, and the hope that cloning can bring us all perfect ones forever. » 12/23/12 11:00am 12/23/12 11:00am

Scientists Develop the World's First Chemistree

Making a strong case for the Nobel Prize in Holiday Cheer, Redditor Breokz posted a photo of the Christmas 'Chemistree' at the Avans University of Applied Science laboratory. » 12/17/12 8:58am 12/17/12 8:58am

All You Need For a Christmas Tree Is a Battery, LEDs, and a Little…

When your cubicle desk looks like everyone else's, you'll do anything you can to differentiate your space. And if you're looking for a unique way to bring a little festive cheer to your 9 to 5 drudgery, check out this adorable and minimalist 9-volt powered LED tree by Redditor 'jingle_balls123'. » 12/12/12 2:16pm 12/12/12 2:16pm

8 Easy Christmas Trees For the Festive But Lazy

There's a reason the holidays are often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. The decorations, the lights, the presents, and the food all come together to make it outshine all the other holidays of the year combined. But do you know the one thing that can make Christmas even more wonderful? Avoiding all… » 12/11/12 3:40pm 12/11/12 3:40pm

The Mathematical Formula For a Perfectly Decorated Christmas Tree

It turns out that decorating your Christmas tree isn't necessarily all about taste. Mathematicians at the University of Sheffield in the UK have developed a formula for the perfect way to deck the halls. More specifically, what ratio of ornaments to lights to tinsel will make your tree most aesthetically pleasing. » 12/06/12 12:20pm 12/06/12 12:20pm

This Minimalist Christmas Tree Is Great for the Irredeemably Lazy

Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat and whatnot. Maybe you're in the market for a Christmas tree, maybe you're not. Maybe you'd like to be in said market, but you are extremely, extremely lazy. Treeasy's got your back, that is, if you don't mind something bare and metallic. » 12/02/12 6:00pm 12/02/12 6:00pm

Behold: A Christmas Tree Made from $150,000 in Cameras

OK, OK, a little late—we know. But this photog's holiday miracle is worth seeing. A lavish (and massively expensive) assemblage of tripods, cameras, lenses, and lighting, the "tree" will probably take you until Christmas 2045 to afford anyway. » 12/27/10 9:20am 12/27/10 9:20am

Banana Hormones: The Secret to Engineering "Smart" Christmas Trees

Scientists have figured out how to engineer a Christmas tree with longer needle retention time. What other bells and whistles can we expect from these so-called "smart" trees? » 12/21/10 12:20am 12/21/10 12:20am

PSA: Your Christmas Tree Is a Fiery Death Trap

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, you really are quite frightening! At least, you are after I've seen you burn down a living room in less than 60 seconds. Remember last year's video? It gets worse. » 12/17/10 6:20pm 12/17/10 6:20pm

At Last, Retailers Have Completed the Final Step in Co-Opting Christmas…

Rejoice, cash strapped minions, REJOICE! Bow down to this finely-crafted idol, which shall forever remind you your duty to spend, spend, SPEND during the month of December! If you don't, you'll be doomed to a lifetime of fiscal responsibility! *Shudders* » 12/08/10 1:00am 12/08/10 1:00am

Electric Eel-Powered Christmas Trees Are Shockingly Better Than Yours

Everybody loves a nice pretty string of Christmas lights, but they're not exactly thrilling. So how do you jazz up the ol' tree? Power it with trapped electric eels. It's like spending the holiday at a James Bond villain's house! » 12/03/10 7:00pm 12/03/10 7:00pm

8 High-Tech Christmas Trees

Regular Christmas trees have a string of lights. High-tech trees have 30,000 LEDs, 43 LCD televisions and lasers. Get the picture? Good—because the following trees definitely fall into the latter category. » 12/08/08 4:00pm 12/08/08 4:00pm

Christmas in Japan Isn't Complete Without a Laser Christmas Tree

Christmas is our favorite time of year because we're easily dazed by bright, gaudy lights—hello, Vegas—but sometimes we yearn for pupil-constricting illumination with some class. And what's classier than a 3-D laser Christmas tree? The one my mom decorated with condoms and liquor bottles two years ago, but that's… » 12/25/07 5:00pm 12/25/07 5:00pm