Christmas Day is over, but that doesn't mean all gift-giving has come to a halt.
Take, for example, the cut trees, wreaths and garlands used to decorate homes during the holidays. Greenery that is not sold can, and does, become presents of sorts for both shut-ins and gardeners.
"We try to do as good a job as possible estimating the number of trees and other Christmas greenery and the poinsettias we plan to sell each Christmas season," said a manager at King's Nursery and Garden Center on Nicholasville Road in Lexington, which has a lot of customers from Boyle and other area counties.
"But no matter how hard we try to plan, we always will have things that go unsold," she said.
That doesn't mean they go unused, though.
For instance, King's ordered 500 cut trees for Christmas 2003 but had about100 left over. They were placed in a wood chipper machine, along with unsold wreaths and garlands, and reduced to mulch. Much of the mulch will be applied to trees and shrubs growing in the nursery, and the rest will be put in piles available for sale to the public.