PENNSYLVANIA — People in New Hope who prefer freshly cut Christmas trees — whether they fell trees themselves or buy from retail — should have no trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industrial trade group.
The Real Christmas Tree Board’s prediction comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers, who supply two-thirds of the fresh tree market, and 1,500 American adults ages 21 to 49.
“The real Christmas tree industry has met demand over the past year and will continue to meet demand this year,” said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, in a press release. “This
is essentially a year without surprises.”
New Hope residents have numerous options, sortable by zip code and type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include:
Real trees can be more expensive
Like everything else, trees may cost a little more this year. Arborists who responded to the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have increased. About 36 percent of respondents said costs increased 11 to 15 percent year-over-year, while 27 percent said costs increased 16 to 20 percent. Another 10 percent said production costs increased more than 21 percent year-on-year.
As a result, 71 percent of growers said they were likely to increase wholesale prices. That means trees could cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more.
Consumers seem to accept the expected price increases.
“While our grower survey tells us wholesale prices for physical Christmas trees are likely to be higher this year, our consumer survey tells us people were expecting just as much,” Gray said in the release. “The good news is that fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price and are willing to pay more this year if need be to get one – and it isn’t either.” Surprise.”
Grower expectations for a healthy season are also dampened by fears of supply chain disruptions, the top concern of 44 per cent of growers. About 35 percent said their biggest concern is that inflation-stricken consumers will cross real Christmas trees off their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents reported concerns about labor availability.
The origin of the Christmas tree
The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced back long before the advent of Christianity, according to History.com.
In ancient times it was generally believed that the sun was a god. It seemed ailing as daylight waned in winter, but evergreen trees thriving in winter served as a reminder that the sun would be strong again and lush greenery and warmth would return.
Evergreen trees were considered a symbol of eternal life by the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans across Europe used evergreen plants in their homes to represent fertility and new life.
Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is believed to have placed lighted candles on trees. He composed a sermon walking home on a winter’s evening, struck by the sight of the twinkling stars above the evergreen trees, and reenacted the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.