At last, Monday morning - a perfect day for working outside, as it happens - found the Christmas crew out in full force.
Ed Willoughby and Stephen Woodbury of the town's highway crew carefully prepare the stands and fit each tree to its stand. These unique lattice-work stands have been holding the town's Christmas trees since at least 1950, making them (and me) practically antiques.
After just the right amount of whittling, the tree fits perfectly into the stand.
Ethan keeps a watchful eye on the activities, and more importantly, he keeps his eye out for any interesting trucks or police cars that may be in the area.