ROME, N.Y. -When local carollers gather to sing Christmas songs this year, they may have a tough time with the phrase "how evergreen your branches."
That's because one local tree farm is selling Christmas trees in seven different colors this year.
Though cutting season starts after Thanksgiving, employees at Henderberg's Christmas Tree Farm have spent the past few weeks using a special, non-toxic colorant to change the hues of their conifers.
Come Black Friday, shoppers will have their choice of magenta, red, turquoise, pink, purple, blue, or white trees (in addition to the traditional green).
Employees say the dye won't stain carpets and is safe for pets and children. While Christmas trees are obviously intended for the winter season, coloring them requires early fall weather.
"For one, the tree has to be over 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can't be wet whatsoever," Joshua Brodnicki, a Henderberg's employee said. "It goes on wet and it comes off with water when it is wet. Once it dries, it's on there permanently."
The employees say the idea came from a conference of Christmas tree farmers, sharing ideas and new inventions. They have formulated a few trees for ideas their customers might have.
"These are some smaller ones, if a little girl wants one in her room," Alyssa Card, an employee said while pointing out a row of small pink trees.
"Everybody has different preferences, so we try to cover as many preferences that people may have," Brodnicki said.
They say the ultimate goal is to bring their customers options only previously available in artificial trees.
"It's nice to see everybody coming out and into the holidays again," Card said. "Not just going to the stores and buying a fake one, actually into the coming out and doing a holiday event."
"I know one hope is to bring a lot of people that have switched from real trees to fake trees, bring them back to the real tree community," Brodnicki said.