I went out for brunch today and on the way passed the Christmas Tree Mulching Truck. It's a sad time of year in some ways, as formerly decorated trees get dumped on the sidewalk, still slightly tinseled. But there's a New York City tradition that brings a bit of country to the city: a truck to which you can bring your tree and have it mulched. The scent of pine fills the air and, for a brief moment, you're in the Great Outdoors. What a heavenly smell and wonderful way for the tree to end its career.