You known that the Christmas season has officially ended when the decision is made that the centerpiece of the celebration at home, the Christmas tree, is taken down.
The Belmont Department of Public Works will collect and recycle Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January. You should put your tree out on your regular trash and recycling collection day.
And this week, with the New Year's Day holiday, trash collection will be a day late for those streets with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday pick-ups.
But you don't need to dump the tree on the side of the road as there are other uses for the tree.
If you have the room in your backyard, ex-Christmas trees make excellent bird habitats. Remove all of the decorations – make sure the tinsel is removed – and secure the tree with stakes and twine. Provide the birds with food by hanging strings of popcorn or fresh fruit in the branches.
Also, goats like to nibble on the branches. Of course, you will have to find some goats.
Got any other uses for the former Christmas tree? Tell us in the comment section.