Christmas is a very busy and stressfull season but it's the happiest season for families. No matter how you put extra time and effort in putting up the christmas tree, decorating the house and shopping for gifts . It's being closeness to each and everyone of the family during Christmas.
Big business when making your home looks like Christmas. According to National Retail Federation and a pre-holiday consumer survey it is estimates that more than 228 million people will be doing holiday shopping this year. 71% of them will buy a Christmas tree, ornaments, motifs, or decorations lights. Shoppers are expected to spend $76 apiece this year on a tree. Big sales for Christmas tree and that will add up to nationwide spending of about $12.2 billion.
What’s the deal? The National Christmas Tree Association’s consumer poll shows that pre-cut trees represented about 85% of the U.S. market. There are Douglas firs, Red firs, White firs, Frazier firs, Noble firs, Monterey pines. Do you want something tall enough or do you want a small tree? Buy a pre-cut tree from a seasonal lot, or cut your own at one of the dwindling number of tree farms in the area. Before there are plenty of plantations where people could select and cut their own Christmas tree in the Fresno, California region. Now there is only a handful, the oldest of which is the Hillcrest Tree Farm. For a flat price of $45 for a cut-your-own Monterey pine, no matter the height. Now, pre-cut noble firs shipped in by the truckload are the big sellers at Hillcrest. Sells between 1,000 and 1,200 noble and Douglas firs by the time Christmas rolls around. The price of the tree tends to grow along with the height. The shorter tree cost $20, seven to eight foot tree for $61 and the more higher the tree the higher the price.
Simonian’s Farms southeast of Fresno sell Douglas firs, Grand firs and Norrdmann firs and Noble fir is by far the most popular of the four varieties of cut trees on sale at the popular produce market. The Simonian lot also carries Douglas, grand and Norrdmann firs. Nordmann firs and Nobles firs price are about $20 for a small tabletop tree, three or four feet tall up to $175 for the tallest trees standing 9 or 10 feet high. The Douglas and Grand firs start at about $25 for a five- to six-foot tree and range up from there. The difference in price between a choose-and-cut Monterey pine and a pre-cut noble, Douglas or Nordmann fir shipped in from Oregon or Washington are how long it takes to grow a tree. Monterey pine grows in four years, but it takes 10 to 15 years for a noble fir to get up to the same size.
Artificial alternative: National Christmas Tree Association reported over recent years, sales of real trees have outpaced artificial trees by better than 2-to-1. Artificial trees are a one-time investment that can be used year after year. Christmas done, box it out of garage or attic again Christmas comes the following year assemble the pieces and Christmas tree is up again. But what type and kind of tree? How tall is it? Pre-lit or unlit? And how much? You could spend about $10 for a used Christmas tree, or a 24-inch pre lit Christmas tree at ebay or almost $4,350 at Christmas tree online for a 14-foot imitation pine tree outfitted with more than 4,000 lights and decor. Trees without lights are generally less expensive than those that are pre-wired, but then its time consuming untangling the lights from the container or box you packed them into when you disassembled the tree last year.
Other stuff: Some family, Christmas decorating lengthens outside of the home. There are inflatable Santa’s illuminated wire-frames reindeer and sleighs, or snowmen, decors, motifs and all manner of other characters to deck the front yard with LED lighting that you don’t need to worry about electric bill and more consumer are buying energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Manufacturers are even producing retro-style LEDs that mimic the old-timey look of incandescent bulbs.