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What makes the best Christmas tree?

Tired of the holiday hustle and bustle? Pour yourself a cup of eggnog, pull a chair up to the warm glow of the computer monitor and embrace the month of December with CBC Digital Archives. In the spirit of the season of sharing, we've unearthed a trove of Radio and TV clips about Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice and Kwanzaa.

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, your branches can be costly! In 1973, a natural Christmas tree and its evocative pine scent will run a minimum of a dollar a foot, and often much more. For those willing to tramp into the woods with an axe, the cost is much lower. As this CBC-TV item shows, some have even made it a family tradition, bringing the wife, toddler and dog along for the trek. The reporter also makes a case for artificial trees, which won't drop their needles into your shag carpet.
• In 2008 the price of a Christmas tree from the Niagara Falls Lions Club ranged from $25 to $60. In Alberta, would-be lumberjacks could buy a provincial permit for $5.30 that allowed them to cut down their own tree on Crown land. Ontario residents who live north of the French and Mattawa Rivers - approximately north of North Bay - are permitted to cut down one tree per family per year on Crown land free of charge.

• According to CBC.ca, real trees are more environmentally friendly than artificial trees. Farmed trees in the growing stage absorb greenhouse gases and stabilize the soil, and most municipalities recycle them into mulch. Artificial trees are made from nonrecyclable plastic and metal and are shipped from Asia, which contributes to their carbon footprint.

• For more on the history of artificial trees, see the CBC Digital Archives clip "1960: Aluminum Christmas trees come to Canada".  

Medium: Television
Program: CBC News
Broadcast Date: Dec. 17, 1973
Reporter: Bill Harrington
Duration: 3:25

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Page consulted on December 19, 2014

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