Is self barreling along, or what? She only has about six week’s worth of back issues of The Economist left to read.
Wouldn’t it have been nice to read a post about Christmas trees BEFORE Christmas? Yup.
Now she’s on the Dec. 14, 2013 issue of The Economist.
p. 71 has an article on Americans’ apparently insatiable love for fresh-cut Christmas trees.
- Every December, a man named Francoise brings 500 fresh-cut trees from Quebec to New York’s Upper West Side.
- The trees sell for anything from $20 to $300.
- The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) — Ever heard of it before? Neither had self! — reports that “Americans spent more than $1 billion on 25m trees in 2012.” The average price of a tree? $40.
- People on the East Coast prefer Fraser firs because of their “typical evergreen fragrance.” Californians prefer Oregon’s Grand Fir, “which has an orange-like scent.”
- Home Depot expected “to sell 2.8 million” fresh-cut trees in 2013.
- Easton is “the Christmas-tree capital of Connecticut. “Every second car leaving the area has a tree or two strapped to its roof.”
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.