The Holidays are Here Early

It’s time to celebrate because Christmas is here early this year! Friday, November 23 will be a shopper’s paradise with so many wintery options to choose from at Joe’s Market Basket. Fresh cut trees, wreaths, garland, grave blankets and more will be for sale at all of our Joe’s Market Basket locations. The fresh greenery is ideal for creating a perfect holiday setting, whether it’s for you or a loved one to enjoy.

Fresh Wreaths.

Placement of your wreath inside can last about 3 weeks. Want to keep your wreath looking its best? Spritz the back of the wreath with water every 2-3 days. Your wreath will love the water and you will find your wreath to be more fragrant and also last a bit longer. Want an alternative to a grave blanket? Fresh wreaths are also used to decorate the gravesites or tombs of loved ones during the holiday season.

Grave Blankets.

Although the tradition of grave blankets and historical relevance is uncertain, we do know for sure the blankets are an extension of darning the gravesite in the winter months with lovely colors and the smell of fresh evergreens. Adorned with colorful bows or flowers, gravesite blankets are ideal gravesite markers that turn the greys of winter into something more appealing, offering a lovely sentiment to the holidays. Limited quantities are available at our stores, so don’t delay if you would like to purchase a grave blanket for a loved one.

Fresh Garland.

The décor possibilities for fresh garland are endless! Additionally, a study by the University of Michigan found that cut greenery and plants can cheer us up, even helping to eliminate worries at home. Fresh evergreens release phytoncides which are an essential oil released by trees to help protect them from insects and disease. When inhaled, the oils also have been known to reduce stress in people and studies have shown the oils can also improve the immune system responses. So, as you string that garland around your staircase this season, know you are also improving your home’s environment!

Fresh cut Christmas trees.

What’s not to love about fresh-cut Christmas trees! All fresh holiday greenery, including trees, are biodegradable and help to support an entire Christmas tree industry, benefiting local economy. Fresh trees are superior to the artificial trees found in stores for many reasons. Most artificial greens are made overseas, created from plastics or aluminum, and can take many years to biodegrade (5-7). Christmas trees, however, can be used as compost and many communities offer drop areas for holiday tree disposal. Another benefit of a real Christmas tree, among others listed here, is based on family traditions. Finding the perfect Christmas tree with loved ones is a memorable event – one that doesn’t happen when it’s time to dust off the Christmas tree box each year, bringing it down from the attic. When searching for that “perfect Christmas tree”, memories are made, hot chocolate is shared, and a quest is conquered.

Looking for fresh greenery to enhance your holiday décor? Joe’s Market Basket is ready to help! We have a HUGE selection of fresh greenery that is sure to please. The “holiday experts” at our Edwardsville, Godfrey, O’Fallon, Troy, Illinois and St. Peters, Missouri locations are here to make any of your projects a breeze during this holiday season. The holidays are coming early, so give us a call today or find us online at All of us at Joe’s Market Basket wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy upcoming holiday. We appreciate your business!

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