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City Is No Charlie Brown, Kicks Ugly Christmas Tree To The Curb

The opportunity to play the sad Christmas tree music from Charlie Brown in the context of an actual sad, ugly Christmas tree story doesn’t come around too often, but today is that day: The town of Reading, PA is ditching a tree deemed too pathetic and unseemly for the public eye in favor of a newer, more pleasing to the eye specimen. [More]

Christmas Tree-Shaped Ice Cream Is Here In Time For, Um, Summer

Christmas Tree-Shaped Ice Cream Is Here In Time For, Um, Summer

What better way to celebrate “Christmas in July” than breaking out Reese’s peanut butter cups shaped like pine trees? Yeah, we didn’t think that it was such a good idea, either, especially since it’s no longer July. However, the freezer case at Walmart disagrees. [More]

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Christmas Tree Lot Volunteer Spots Diamond Ring & Gets To Play Santa Claus By Returning It

Silly diamonds — they’re constantly going around getting themselves lost, which is a bummer for the owners. But then when they make their way back, it’s all sweetness and light and isn’t Christmas the best? That was the case for a woman who lost a ring given to her by her rekindled flame, an elementary school sweetheart. [More]

It Was Going To Be Your Christmas Tree But Now It’s Dead: The Fir’s Fight Against Root Rot

It Was Going To Be Your Christmas Tree But Now It’s Dead: The Fir’s Fight Against Root Rot

The life of a fir means long years spent with its roots digging into the earth, boughs and limbs reaching toward the sky and the dream of becoming someone’s Christmas tree. But for many fir species, it’s often a dream deferred (pun intended), nay, destroyed by a pesky disease called root rot. [More]

Couple Charged With Stealing 1,970 Trees From Forest

Couple Charged With Stealing 1,970 Trees From Forest

A man and woman in Minnesota face up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines after they were caught sap-handed in their attempt to steal a huge quantity of spruce trees and tree tops from county-managed forest land, all with the goal of selling to unsuspecting Christmas-tree buyers. [More]

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Xmas Tree Lot Owner “Impressed” By Scammer Who Sold His Trees And Pocketed Cash

A man in Tacoma who runs a Christmas tree lot to raise money for his charity is out around $500 because a scammer allegedly pretended to be a lot employee, selling trees at a deep discount and pocketing the cash. But while he’s unhappy about the loss, he seems to have mixed feelings about the scammer. [More]

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The Future Of Sears And Kmart Depends On Cross-Selling, And They Suck At It

It’s Christmas tree buying season! Alan and his wife shopped around and found a spiffy fake spruce on Sears’ website. “In stock from Kmart,” said the Sears website. Well, then, they’re part of the same company: it shouldn’t be difficult at all to go to Kmart and get them to match the Sears price. Right? [More]

Online Florist Garden Of Discontent: The Christmas Shrub

Online Florist Garden Of Discontent: The Christmas Shrub

Erica’s boyfriend is the type of exceptionally thoughtful person who sends his girlfriend’s mom flowers for Christmas. It’s a nice 1800Flowers.com arrangement, with the greenery arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorated with candy canes. Or, in the case of the arrangement actually sent, a roundish shrub. [More]

Christmas Trees Sales Perk Up To Pre-Recession Levels

Christmas Trees Sales Perk Up To Pre-Recession Levels

Tis the season to throw down some cash on Christmas trees, and this year the U.S. is finally back to pre-recession levels of spending on the festive firs and spruces. [More]

5 Tips To Cut Christmas Tree Costs

5 Tips To Cut Christmas Tree Costs

Many of you may have already snagged your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, but for those still searching for the perfect fit in a fir, there are ways to find a good tree for right price, so you can spend more on presents and eggnog. [More]

White House Gets Dept. Of Agriculture To Delay Christmas Tree Tax

White House Gets Dept. Of Agriculture To Delay Christmas Tree Tax

Less than 24 hours after the Dept. of Agriculture announced a program that would charge a $.15/tree “tax” to Christmas tree growers in order to fund a campaign to promote those very trees, the White House has responded to the flurry of criticism by asking the regulators to rethink the idea. [More]

Dept. Of Agriculture Announces Christmas Tree Tax To Help Promote Christmas Trees

Dept. Of Agriculture Announces Christmas Tree Tax To Help Promote Christmas Trees

UPDATE: The White House says it has asked the Dept. of Agriculture to press pause on this fee while it rethinks the program. [More]

I Was Stalked By A Crazed Christmas Tree Salesman

I Was Stalked By A Crazed Christmas Tree Salesman

How aggressive do you expect someone to be when they’re selling holiday cheer? Matt writes that he expected a strong sales pitch from the nursery where he went to price out Christmas trees, but didn’t expect a pushy sales pitch that would make the average used car salesman blush. [More]

Would You Ever Rent Your Christmas Tree?

Would You Ever Rent Your Christmas Tree?

When we recently asked Consumerist readers if they would ever purchase their Christmas tree online, a few commenters wrote that they kept their tree potted all year round and would just bring it inside during the holidays. And now we’ve learned that there are a handful of businesses are offering this same service, for a price. [More]

American Family Association Goes After Chase Over Lack Of Christmas Trees

American Family Association Goes After Chase Over Lack Of Christmas Trees

Fresh off its apparent victory to put the “Christmas” back into Dick’s, the not at all crazy people at the American Family Association have re-focused their laser beams on JPMorgan Chase. Not because it’s a big bank who was recently sued for its alleged part in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, but because they don’t want Christmas trees in the lobby. [More]

Would You Buy Your Christmas Tree Online?

Would You Buy Your Christmas Tree Online?

In November, Target started selling fresh-cut Christmas trees on their website, joining Costco in the growing number of companies who have turned to the web to offer holiday greenery. [More]

It's June, Time For Hobby Lobby To Kick Off The Christmas Creep Season

It's June, Time For Hobby Lobby To Kick Off The Christmas Creep Season

People, it’s June! Why is Hobby Lobby selling Christmas wreaths?! Two years ago Hobby Lobby rolled out the trees in August. Last year they decked the halls in July. We’re going to celebrate Christmas all through 2015 at this rate. Seriously Hobby Lobby, call us if you ever decide to throw one of those “We’ve Gone Crazy!” sales. We’ll totally vouch for you. Hit the jump for some unreasonably unseasonal pictures. [More]

Hobby Lobby Worships The Great Pumpkin With Halloween Tree

Hobby Lobby Worships The Great Pumpkin With Halloween Tree

Hobby Lobby, with its devout Christian ownership, isn’t the first store we’d think of to honor the Great Pumpkin. Yet reader James spotted this festive tree back in mid-September.