In the past we have generally gone out to get our Christmas tree in early December, but after realizing that the trees are cut much earlier than that, we decided this year to go out much sooner.
Yesterday was Monday, November 20. Our local garden center told us that they had just received their shipment of trees on the weekend (we were their third customer), and that the trees had been harvested here in central Wisconsin three days earlier (Nov 17).
This batch of trees will sit outside for weeks now desiccating in the wind. We won't put ours up inside the house until early December, but in the meantime it sits in a bucket in the garage soaking up water.
And as a bonus the garage smells like pine.