The time before Christmas is synonymous with shopping – and not only for presents. During the early and mid-December, a majority of American families go on a tree shopping outing to find the perfect tree for their Christmas gifts. Once the tree is found, it is lugged home and decorated to its finest glory.
But did you know that many families are gradually starting to experiment with plastic trees too? Fake Christmas trees provide convenience – and one can simply pack up the tree after Christmas is over to reuse the next year.
The price of tree is another factor that many shoppers consider. According to National Christmas Tree Association of America, the price of a real tree went up to $78 in 2017 while plastic trees can easily be purchased for around $105.
Sales of replica Christmas trees is also increasing gradually and reached more than 23 million in 2018. During the same year, 32.8 million real trees were sold in America – the highest total since 2013.
However, despite the sales, farmers claim to plant fewer numbers of trees during the recession and thus supply of real trees can be limited this year.
So does this mean, more US families will opt for plastic trees for Christmas 2019 or follow the traditional protocol of pine?