When the city sidewalks are transformed into fragrant fir graveyards it can mean but one thing: the holidays are really, truly over and it's time to chuck out that withered fire trap that not even the cat will attempt to climb anymore. This year, as in previous years, the city offers a few easy ways to discard your yuletide remnant, including their annual tree grinding festival MulchFest, where your precious pine will be converted into much-needed wooden blankets for the city's many street and park trees.

Because Viking funerals are not permitted, you'll have to discard your tree a more humane way. Here, let our friend Birdie show you how it's done:

Bring your naked tree to one of the chipping sites if you want to preserve the remains for your Christmas Urn—or to winterize a street tree—on Saturday, January 11th or Sunday, January 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you're lucky, you'll have a Birdie sighting! Otherwise, drop off your fir friend at designated sites throughout the boroughs now through Sunday and bid adieu to your tree skeleton.