ABERDEEN, MS – The Christmas tree has become the focal point of the holiday season. Whether it’s the Charlie Brown type, void of needles, or the over-the-top Clark Griswold variety, experts estimate we spend around $3.4 billion on both real and artificial Christmas trees. Then add in cost lights, garland, tree toppers, tinsel, beads, ornaments, etc., no wonder the business of Christmas is booming.
Ruth Carter of Ruth’s Warehouse, along with her husband Wayne and daughter Cindy Winders spend the spring and summer months catering more to floral gifts, baskets, silk flowers and memorial arrangements. But come the first week of October, they’re store is bursting at the seams with themed Christmas trees, colorful garland and fanciful decorations.
Themed trees can be decorated to match your mood, personality, profession or even a favorite football team. Do you have a chef in the house? How about a silverware tree using antique spoons, forks and knives. Feeling a little whimsical? A neon pink aluminum tree with silver ornaments and neon green poinsettia flowers might be the perfect gift.
The days of traditional Christmas tree decorating has been turned on its ear. “Back in my day, decorations came in three colors – red, gold and green. Oh, and there was a lot of red velvet ribbon,” reminisced Carter. “Nowadays, people’s taste in Christmas has broadened and they’ve starting thinking outside of the box. These days you can decorate just about anything.”
Carter has also noticed a new trend this holiday season with the introduction of Season trees. Season trees are your typical Christmas tree left up all year and decorated to match the different seasons and/or holidays of the year.
Weary of tackling holiday decorating all by yourself this year? Consider hiring a professional decorator to create the festive atmosphere at your home or your business. They can not only assist you with putting up all of your decorations but can handle taking everything down and storing it properly for next year.
MC Magazine Holiday Celebrations Magazine Article
Written by Colleen Conger | Photo by Colleen Conger
Originally published in print November 7, 2012