In the months following the 2015 holiday season, the most popular tree for decorating your home has become the one you see on your kitchen counter.
Christmas trees are becoming more and more popular, and many are now being designed with an eye toward attracting the best-looking tree, not the most aesthetically pleasing one.
“I’m not an expert on Christmas trees,” said Mark Schmitt, a professor of forest design at the University of Nebraska.
“But my guess is it’s really the same tree, and you can see that in the picture.”
The trend is driven by a growing number of companies and manufacturers who are trying to make the holiday season a more memorable one.
A growing number are embracing the use of glass, aluminum and stainless steel for their Christmas trees.
But some say they’re just trying to get by.
“I’ve had customers who have said, ‘I love my tree, but I can’t afford it, I’m broke and this is going to get me nowhere,'” said Lisa Schmitt.
For some, the cost is too great to go for the silver, gold and white, which is the most common color in the United States.
There are also many who feel they’ve had enough with the white, and they’re opting for a more muted color palette.
It’s not just Christmas tree makers who are changing the tree decor.
In 2016, a large number of new companies started to make their own decorations.
A lot of these companies have moved away from traditional decorating in favor of creating their own styles.
Some even started creating their Christmas tree decorations themselves.
Some companies are also incorporating wood into their decorations.
“In this era of social media, the Christmas tree has been really embraced as a cultural event, especially for kids,” said Lisa Shmitt.
“And a lot of kids are interested in having their own Christmas tree.”
Christmas Tree IdeasFor some homeowners, the popularity of their favorite Christmas tree is not as important as finding the best tree for their home.
“The idea of going to a tree shop and buying a tree, they’re a little more expensive than you’d think, and it’s just not worth it,” said Matt Tippett.
Matt Tippetts wife, Julie, owns a home in Columbus, Ohio.
He loves the color white, the shape of the tree, the wood, and the fact that he can decorate the tree himself.
“I think it’s nice that the tree is actually beautiful and that you can actually see what you’re buying,” he said.
But he also recognizes that many of his friends and neighbors will be disappointed if they don’t have a tree to decorate.
“They’re going to be disappointed,” he added.
“You know, if I don’t like my tree I’m not going to have a Christmas tree, because you don’t want to look like a prat.”
He and Julie both want to create a Christmas that is unique to them, and he said he will likely spend money on the tree.
While some people may not like the idea of buying a Christmas decoration, they say it’s the best way to show their appreciation for their loved ones.
Julie says she has to work harder than most to find the right tree.
“For the first few months I was kind of scared, like, I really don’t know if I’m going to like this,” she said.
And while her husband will often go through a lot to find a tree that will suit their needs, she says he has never felt like it was her job to make a decision.
“He’s like, ‘Well, you know, it’s not me that makes these decisions,'” she said, laughing.
“He just has a good sense of what he wants.”
This article was originally published in The Washington Times on Dec. 16, 2018.