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Rudolph’s marks the beginning of the holiday season

Look for Rudolph’s Christmas tree lot at the corner of South Lamar and Bluebonnet; the big red-and-white striped tent protecting the Fraser firs and all the other trees catches the eye right away, even though the signs are still being put in place. This image shows new ornamentation for the sales booth. I don’t know whether we were the first customers today, but we certainly enjoyed our choice of the very freshest trees, aromatic and drinking water right away when set up ready to be decorated. There may be less expensive trees in town, but no friendlier welcome or better quality is to be found than at Rudolph’s.

Rudolph’s is already ready with trees for the holidays

Rudolph's Christmas Trees: "PINE"Right at Evergreen Avenue, a very proper and appropriate location for an enterprise selling Christmas trees, Rudolph’s is now open and has been since yesterday on South Lamar across from Mr. Natural.

The inventory’s larger than last year’s and the prices seem to be even more reasonable than they were then. These trees are as fresh as can be, and the friendly people there will prune lower branches so that a tree will fit better in the stand. The boughs are yours to take home for added evergreen scent. Ask to have an inch or so sawn off the bottom of the trunk for better uptake of water.

For those without a tree stand, Rudolph’s offers inconspicuous and very stable dark-green plastic ones with four sturdy eye-bolts to hold the trunk upright. See photos of this year’s and last year’s selection of hand-painted signs on display. Rudolph’s is open seven days a week until all trees are sold.

Rudolph’s is open and has the trees

This is one of the hand-painted signs. Today was like old-home week at Rudolph’s, with lots of kissing and hugging. One customer introduced her father to all and said she’s been buying her trees at Rudolph’s for fifteen years. This is the tree-stand that set up near Fox Service while the drugstore and condos were being built adjacent to the old Maria’s Taco Xpress location, at the corner of South Lamar and Bluebonnet. This year, the canopy appears to be new, with eye-catching bright red-and-white stripes. All the shade cloth seems to be new, as well. The trees are standing in water and are extremely fresh. Ask for the bottom of the trunk to be cut off so that the tree may be stood in water and begin taking it up anew before pitch seals the trunk again. The gourds and pumpkins are officially retired now, and the homeplace is scented with the fresh aura of the new holiday season, thanks to Rudolph’s.

Our other stop this morning was the Farm to Market Grocery on South Congress, where we found yet another of those great Austin souvenirs that make fine presents. It’s the 2011 Music & Mutts calendar benefiting Blue Dog Rescue.

South Congress is crazy busy today, with lines at Guero’s and other establishments.

Itinerant tree stand found again

next to Taco Xpress

next to Taco Xpress

The trees are fresh, the people are friendly, and the signs are all painted or stenciled by hand.

Rudolph’s Christmas trees spent some time away from its customary location while Maria’s was moved and the drugstore and condos went up. But for at least the second season in a row, it’s back at the old location, just a bit less conspicuous than it used to be.

The staff will remove branches and make a fresh cut at the base of the tree selected.

Ours is up, drinking water, and filling the house with its balsamic scent. It’s so fresh that we know it will hang on to its needles right up to Three Kings Day and beyond.

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