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America is facing the reality of fewer, more expensive Christmas trees

By Quartz

The year 2008 was terrible for pretty much everyone—but for US Christmas tree growers, it was especially wretched. Right as the double-whammy of recession andRead full story

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  • It’s amazing that we as a culture still do this as a holiday ritual. Talk about wasted resources... and the costs to clean up, fuel, machinery, labor hours. I won’t even talk about plastic trees, or the lights and the foam and plastic confetti, NYE... ok, I’ll stop. But imagine the money we could save

    It’s amazing that we as a culture still do this as a holiday ritual. Talk about wasted resources... and the costs to clean up, fuel, machinery, labor hours. I won’t even talk about plastic trees, or the lights and the foam and plastic confetti, NYE... ok, I’ll stop. But imagine the money we could save?

    This article should have stopped at “America is facing the reality.” because it’s about time we did... how about instead of buying a tree, we send some real blankets and food to those children that are separated from their families and locked up? I’m sure $30-$50 would go a really long way down in Texas.

    When your kids ask you why we don’t have a Christmas tree this year, you tell them the truth, “Because that’s what Jesus would have wanted, and we are celebrating his birthday after all.” Also, it’s the right thing to do. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program.

  • A NYC tree seller yesterday told me he was having trouble getting enough tree supply, and his tree lot was almost totally empty. The only option was a miniscule tabletop tree for $45. Looks like we'll have to get used to this.

  • Some interesting insights on the economics of Christmas trees, from the incomparable Gwynn Guilford.

  • I should start by admitting that I am a Taoist and my partner is Jewish, so the trappings of Christian holidays mean nothing to us. Christmas and Easter are simply great opportunities to get together with friends for a lovely dinner and evening.

    I was raised in a (liberal) Catholic family. I stopped

    I should start by admitting that I am a Taoist and my partner is Jewish, so the trappings of Christian holidays mean nothing to us. Christmas and Easter are simply great opportunities to get together with friends for a lovely dinner and evening.

    I was raised in a (liberal) Catholic family. I stopped going to church as soon as I was old enough. I never went to confession and other than baptism I didn't take any active part in my parent's religion. But holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter were very important to my mother. She was unhappy the year my brother and I decided to spend Christmas day at the beach with friends. Every year we drove over to Santa Cruz, cut down a living tree, and brought it home. We had ornaments that we used year after year, and by Christmas morning there were gift-wrapped boxes all around that corner of our living room.

    Even as a little kid I didn't like the fact that we were cutting down a living tree. (Our family felt that artificial trees were tacky and ugly.) There we were in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, surrounded by the majestic Redwoods and towering Pines, cutting down a smaller version of the latter. The irony was not lost on me. I loved the smell of the trees, I still do, and I felt they should stay in the ground.

    Every year we would hear about or read news articles about houses burning down because some idiot would fail to keep the tree in water, use unsafe lights, or overload a circuit. Thousands of home fires every single year. And it's still happening. I've known firefighters who dread the winter holidays and hate Christmas trees. They've seen the damage, the lost lives, and the ruined homes. I was a forest firefighter, and although we didn't have house fires I have seen how fast a dry tree can burn.

    Now, with climate change on everyone's mind, we know that planting trees is one of the best ways to cool our planet. I've seen friends do some truly beautiful alternatives to cutting down a live tree; ornaments strung from the ceiling, lights strung against the wall in a tree-like pattern, and many other creative alternatives. Even artificial trees have improved. Maybe it's time to use these alternatives and keep living trees in the ground where they belong.

  • How much are you willing to pay for a Christmas tree? Great economic analysis by @sinoceros @qz

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