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The Smell of the Season: Christmas trees are a big money industry
Break out the eggnog. Bundle up the kids in their winter coats. It's that time of the year again, the most wonderful time of the year, when families arm themselves with Bing Crosby CDs, pile into their SUVs, and hit the road in search of Yuletide spirit and the perfect eight-foot Fraser fir. In many cases, their quest takes them to their nearest superstore, where they wander through forests of merchandise, bask in the crisp pine scent of the candle aisle, and after a solid five minutes or so of quality memory-making, plunk down $79 for the perfect limited-warranty, made-in-China, pre-lit polyvinalchloride Christmas tree.
By Greg Beato
December 14, 2011