Fresh Cut Tree, Home Grown Christmas: Families Choose Fresh Cut Christmas Trees To Build Holiday Memories

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The Christmas Tree Promotion Board campaign features families looking forward to the once-a-year experience of going to cut down a “perfect” Christmas tree and having the special fragrance and beauty of a fresh cut Christmas tree in their home.

Fresh Cut Tree, Home Grown Christmas

Fresh Cut Tree, Home Grown Christmas

We are going to surprise our kids and pick them up from school and just head out [to find a fresh cut Christmas tree]. We're going to get a Christmas ornament for each of our kids to represent our first year with a fresh cut tree

For several American families, a fresh cut Christmas tree is the preferred way to build holiday memories and traditions for themselves and their children. In Denver, Colorado, Kylie Snow explains that she and her husband are switching to a fresh cut Christmas tree this year for their three children ages seven, five and three.

“I don't even think my kids know that a real tree exists,” Ms. Snow said. “We are going to surprise our kids and pick them up from school and just head out [to find a fresh cut Christmas tree]. We're going to get a Christmas ornament for each of our kids to represent our first year with a fresh cut tree. I'm excited to have them experience that,” Ms. Snow said. This will the first Christmas in many years that Kylie’s husband will experience a fresh cut tree. He developed allergies as a child and his family began using artificial trees. Both Kylie and her husband are excited and looking forward to making this switch.

First-time homeowners Ashley Brandich and her husband along with their three-year-old and 15-month twins live in Lakewood, Ohio. “We were not allowed to have fresh trees with previous rental agreements and once we owned a home we decided to have a fresh tree of our own. It just seems more festive with a real tree,” Ms. Brandich said. Ashley has vivid memories of the fresh cut Christmas trees from her childhood and she’s looking forward to starting a new tradition for her children.

For many families, the tradition of a fresh cut Christmas tree starts on the farm. They look forward to the once-a-year experience of going to cut down a “perfect” Christmas tree and having the special fragrance and beauty of a fresh cut Christmas tree in their home. Alexandra Kurzenknabe’s family appreciates the environmental benefits of fresh cut trees. “Since they are farmed, trees are always being replanted. You have to care for your tree, so it really makes you appreciate the gift nature has given you,” Ms. Kurzenknabe said.

Several of the families featured in this year’s Christmas Tree Promotion Board Campaign “Fresh Cut Tree, Home Grown Christmas” visit a local family farm to select their Christmas tree each year; others families choose their fresh cut tree at a tree lot, garden center or retailer. Follow along with these families on their journey to select their trees, bring them home, decorate them and build new holiday traditions. Their stories, including featured videos can be found at http://www.freshcuthomegrown.com/

About the Christmas Tree Promotion Board (CTPB)
Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board develops research, education and promotional efforts to enhance the value and demand for cut Christmas trees and expand opportunities for growers, importers, consumers and others, Overseen by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation, the Board is comprised of 12 members representing Christmas tree producers from east, central and west regions of the country, including California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. The Board also includes one member representing Christmas tree importers.

Efforts by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board are funded by the industry of Christmas tree growers and importers across North America. CTPB work occurring at the committee level engages more Christmas tree producers from around the country in projects involving Industry Relations, Research, Promotion, Finance and Governance. For more information, please visit ChristmasTreePromotionBoard.org.

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