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Christmas is over, folks. You gotta get that tree out of your house while the NYC Department of Sanitation is still picking ’em up. Otherwise, you just might find yourself in July attempting to convince your pals that the desiccated pine in the living room is some kind of edgy art piece (trust us, they won’t buy it).

Here’s a simple, two-step process to properly dispose of your celebratory conifer in Brooklyn.

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Don’t ruin the turkey | Satya Murthy via Flickr

Thanksgiving is around the corner, ringing in the start of America’s holiday season. It’s a time to celebrate with your family and friends…and a time to be smart. Whether you’re celebrating with candles, Christmas trees, or cooking a huge meal, an ounce of prevention can make sure your holidays don’t go from merry to scary.

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Get into the Christmas spirit next Monday with the 24th annual Christmas tree lighting at MetroTech Commons. Visitors can expect Santa, Christmas carols, spoken word poetry and an appearance from Brooklyn Nets player Shaun Livingston. The Brooklyn Tech High School Chorus will sing carols, attendees can take pictures in a holiday-themed photo booth and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Andersen will perform.

And everyone willing to brave the cold can fortify themselves with hot chocolate and cookies from Luciano’s and Starbucks coffee. Forest City Ratner is hosting the event, which will happen in front of 2 MetroTech Center next Monday, December 2 at 5:30 pm.

Photo via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Image source: _Fidelio_ on Flickr – the amazing Christmas light display 

The Huffington Post shared a video by MyBlockNYC of the amazing display of Christmas lights and cheer at the house on 166th Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues in Bayside Whitestone (GMAP). It’s an incredible scene and has become a holiday standard in the neighborhood. Displayed are classic figures of Santa and snowmen, music, moving model trains, and lights, lights, lights!

Here is the scene from last December:

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