Christmas Tree Sales Steady Despite Economy

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Even with the tough economy the number of people purchasing Christmas trees has remained steady over the last few years.

On average, the National Christmas Tree Association says about 28 million farm-grown Christmas trees have been purchased each year since 2008.

In 2010, the National Christmas Tree Association says about 27 million trees were sold with a retail value of $976 million.

"It's been steady. I think more people are appreciating local business and trying to support those. We've been steady. We have a good following," says Kristin Bortz of the Havana Christmas Tree Farm.

The National Christmas Tree Association, which has kept statistics since 2003, says the peak of Christmas tree sales was in 2005 when around 42 million farm-grown and fake trees were bought and sold.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    I like having a real tree in my house. I am an atheist, but I enjoy the holiday family gatherings. We make it a festive time with friends and family. No religion is needed for us to enjoy ourselves.
  • by thank you on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    for calling it what it is - a Christmas Tree. The non-believers just bash around this holiday as being pagan but I'll bet they don't have any problem taking the day off with pay like the rest of us.
  • by The Grinch on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:17 PM
    Wow! No wonder Obama is/was considering a Christmas tree tax!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    So in 2008 there were about 28 million. In 2010 there were 27 million sold. How can they say this was steady? I figure it's about a 3.6% drop.
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      by Terri on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:48 AM in reply to
      I'm not interested in numbers anymore! higher, lower, same.....I'm sick of hearing it. It's Christmas and I am going to enjoy every moment of it with my daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren.
  • by Christmas tree! Location: Havana on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    I bought a beautiful Christmas!! Tree at Native Nursery today. Cannot wait to decorate my tree with lights and ornaments. Merry Christmas!
  • by STEVE on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    It is because people still have FAITH even though the HOPE thing fizzled out.
    • reply
      by Terri on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:44 AM in reply to STEVE
      Steve, I don't what life you're living, but HOPE has not fizzled out.
  • by Ebenezer Scrooge on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    Let's call it "Holiday Tree", "Winter Tree", or "Nice Tree".
    • reply
      by Grinch on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:46 PM in reply to Ebenezer Scrooge
      What the heck? Better call it Green Tree, but people who's favorite color is blue will be offended.
    • reply
      by Terri on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:43 AM in reply to Ebenezer Scrooge
      you negative so and so's can call it what you want but it will not be changed. It is a Christmas Tree! It has always been a Christmas Tree and it will remain a Christmas Tree!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM in reply to Terri
        one day the anti-Christmas scrooges will have their tree patrol go door to door to confiscate trees and arrest the harborers of Christmas trees.
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