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What makes the best Christmas tree?

The Story

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.

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

Did You know?

• According to this article on CBC.ca, in 2017 a shortage of trees drove prices up a noticeable amount for the first time in a decade.  Prices averaged $39.00 in B.C., $34.00 in Alberta, and $27.00 in Ontario.  The tree that cost $8.00 in 1973, would cost $43.00 today.

• 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.




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