Westover Christmas Trees open for holiday season

Westover Christmas Trees open for holiday season

Westover Christmas Trees open for holiday season

The customer never touches the tree.

They've got wood, they're tall, and you can climb them.

"You come out, the kids are running up and down the aisles, there's fresh air, they don't have the video games and iPhones".

"Close to 50 percent just want to come and get one already cut", Doug Dahnke said.

The most popular day to buy a Christmas tree is the Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend (Dec. 2 this year), with the highest prices on Black Friday (average of $66) and lowest on Christmas Eve (average of $30). Whole forests of "artificial Christmas trees" populate pages of the internet, many incredibly lifelike, but our favorites are the more modest specimens that have emerged to satiate smaller-space dwellers as well as those with contemporary tastes.

"If you go A-Z in the Christmas tree growers director, there is nobody", said Joe Shadle, owner of J&T Trees, which operates six Christmas tree lots on the Wasatch Front.

"I love just the perfume, the fragrance of the season it brings into our lives", she said.

They are then decorated with fairy lights, as you would a normal tree, directions and of course, a star at the top.

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Over on Hull Street, Holly Berry Christmas Trees is increasing its prices for the first time since 2009.

Vario and her husband, Pat, have a family-run Christmas tree lot in Tooele County.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, shortages of Christmas trees started last year and will continue for the next couple of years.

Activity includes "spraying for bugs in March, mowing in June, trimming with a machete in July when it's 110 degrees", he said.

The downturn in the economy in 2008 hit tree growers nationally. They're grown in North Carolina, one of the trouble spots. Also adding to the challenge - most trees sold in California come from OR, where Rohlfs has his farm.

Because of the shortage, they'll cost a little more. His tree farm is Country Christmas Trees in Wakarusa. Consumers accustomed to buying a pristine, 8-foot Noble Fir should prepare for sticker shock this season, Shadle said. Families make a tradition out of bundling up, braving the crowds, and enjoying some serious retail therapy.

Now, there are fewer trees to go around, and more people are looking to buy real trees.

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