Santa came to Durango early this year, and this time he came from Wisconsin in a semi-truck loaded with 450 Christmas trees for all to see – and also unload. Every year for the last five years, a group of volunteers gather in the train station's parking lot to unload the trees, which will be sold for San Juan Mountains Association’s “Silver Bells Christmas Trees for Conservation” fundraiser. Sales of the trees, which come in a variety of sizes and types, begin the day after Thanksgiving and run until Dec. 20 or when they run out. Whichever comes first. So say grace, eat turkey, and then go buy a tree to support our public lands.