Can’t beat the real thing

Christopher Gooding
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Tree sales on the rise as Christmas approaches

AMHERST – Christmas is coming and here in Cumberland County real trees are still king.

So close they could throw snowballs at each other, two South Albion Street vendors are reporting increase sales as the holiday approaches and everyone gets into the season.

“They’re picking up. Between being closer to Christmas and the storm coming this weekend everybody’s coming around trying to get a tree,” Jeff Kuhl said from the Moore tree stand in the Amherst Town Square Mall parking lot.

From the Y’s Men tree stand across the road at the Kent parking lot, volunteers say all indication are this will be their busiest weekend end.

“We expect, if it doesn’t storm Sunday, those are going to be our two busiest days,” Vern Scott said.

“It’s usually the middle of December, that seems when everyone wants their tree,” Charlene MacDonald said. “You get a few people who buy their trees the middle of December, a few stragglers a little bit after that but usually it’s around right now everyone wants their tree.”

In the Christmas tree world, vendors don’t use the term “artificial” to describe the other option. There are only real trees or fake trees, and the popularity of a real tree hasn’t wavered in light of convenience artificial trees offer.

“I’ve had 50 people come in and say they had a fake tree last year and they want a real treal this year, or this is their first year in their new home and they want a real tree or their baby was just born and they want a real tree,” Kuhl said. “It makes a special occasion.” 

“Real Christmas trees, the smell, there’s something about,” MacDonald said. “It brings you back to when you were a child and it brings back all kinds of memories.”

When it comes to choosing a tree – big or small, little or tall – not every evergreen is the same but one stands out as the most popular.

 “We’re selling a lot of fir trees, “Khul said. “Every now and then we’ll get a Scotch pine that’s for sale but most of the people are liking the fir.”



Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: Amherst Town Square Mall

Geographic location: Cumberland County, South Albion Street

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