Well, what’s it going to be: Real or fake?
That’s the discussion I’m hearing these last several days− who knew that Christmas tree preferences would be a hot topic on “news” programs? For reasons I really can’t quite explain, I did a little research…
It would seem that on average, the cost of real Christmas trees has risen 125% nationwide over the past 4 years with the average cost per tree rising to $75 in 2016, and to an expected $80 this year. According to the National Christmas Tree Growers Association, the prices have risen so much in recent years because of the drop in demand caused by the economic slowdown over the last several years coupled with the influx of inexpensive imports from China of pre-lit artificial trees.
Whatever happened to the days when we would get a permit from the Bureau of Land Management for $5 to go into Federal lands and cut any tree we wanted?
Honestly, I had no idea that any of this had taken place; we haven’t had a tree since 2011. Well, that is until this year. She Who Must Be Obeyed recently went out and purchased one of those cheap pre-lit imports. Upon arriving back home she took it out of the box and began putting it together but had a problem getting the base pieces to fit into place. She took her fist and started whacking the four foot pieces into place, but there was one that just wouldn’t quite line up properly. She told me to get it into place so I gave it whack with my fist… and I shattered it into little airborne pieces.
Although I really didn’t hit it very hard, I was in Big Trouble with the Boss.
Fear not, there is a solution to every problem… I fixed it by simply putting a big rock on the opposite foot, and our cheap Chinese fake tree stands upright in all its artificial glory!
Can anyone tell me why we put ourselves through this every year? What does all of this have to do with the coming of the Baby Jesus anyway? Aren’t Christmas trees an adaptation of ancient paganism?
OK, I learned long ago never to actually ask any of these questions…
So what’s it going to be: Real or fake? As for me, all I have to say is a resounding ‘bah, humbug’!