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Who Isn’t Excited To Get A Real Christmas Tree This Year?

Christmas tree farms and tree lots have been busy preparing for the season using NCTA’s COVID-19 Best Practice recommendations to make shopping for a real Christmas tree as safe as they can. We highly recommend that you gather your family, go pick out the perfect real tree and enjoy the beauty, wonderful smell and tradition of a real tree in your home this season.

2020 White House Christmas Tree selected

This magnificent Fraser Fir was selected for the Blue Room. Pictured (left to right) Dan Taylor and Anne Taylor, NCTA 2020 Grand Champion Growers, Eric Sundbeck, former owner of the farm and Dale Haney, White House Superintendent of Grounds.

A recent editorial by the Oregon-based Capital Press had this to say about the artificial tree industry:

“It’s a good opportunity for growers to reinforce the experience of having a real tree this Christmas. They have a formidable foe in the American Christmas Tree Association, a mis-named nonprofit that represents the foreign artificial Christmas tree industry.

Fake Christmas trees made mostly in China by workers making pennies an hour continue to flood the market. The American Christmas Tree Association has for years touted the advantages of buying these plastic trees, much of this in the form of misinformation about the environmental advantages of fake trees.

U.S. tree growers have an opportunity this year to tell their story and remind consumers that a real tree is a traditional part of Christmas. In these uncertain times, few things can create a real experience as will a Christmas tree grown in the United States.”

Read the editorial. 

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The National Christmas Tree Association implements many of the consumer awareness programs for the Christmas Tree industry.  We have industry experts available for interviews on a variety of subjects — either on-camera or over the phone. 

For assistance with scheduling an interview, please contact Doug Hundley at doug@realchristmastrees.org. You can also call  NCTA at (800) 975-5920 or send us an e-mail.

Common topics include: 

  • Tree care
  • How trees are environmentally friendly and green
  • Innovations in the industry
  • The role of family farms
  • Christmas traditions
  • and more!