American Tradition: Buying a Tree for the Holidays
Tradition: Buying a Tree for the Holidays
Last updated on: December 24, 2015 9:40 AM (source)
December 24, 2015 9:40 AM
GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA—
Nearly 80 percent of U.S. households — about 99 million — will
decorate their living rooms with a Christmas tree this year, according
to the American Christmas Tree Association.
While artificial trees have grown in popularity, many Americans
consider it a tradition to visit a tree farm to get a fresh-cut,
natural tree for the holiday season.
"We have our Christmas tree. ... We're going to take it home and
decorate it," tree buyer Abby Springmann said recently. "It's kind of a
backwards concept, to take a tree from outside and bring it indoors,"
she laughed while explaining the tradition.
"We're putting lights on it and ornaments,
lots of ornaments. You collect the ornaments for years. I got ones from
since I was 5 years old. It's fun!" she said.
Krop's Crops, a seasonal farm in Great Falls,
Virginia, is where Springmann has been going with her family since she
was 7 years old.
Buying a tree for the holidays at this local tree farm brings back lots
of childhood memories and preserves
her family tradition, she said.
During the holiday season, visitors can also buy decorations, such as poinsettias, wreaths and ornaments. The farm also
sells seasonal vegetables, local honey and handicrafts all year round.
Larry Krop is the owner of this eight-hectare farm, which employs three
generations of the Krop family.
"There's a lot of customers who come in and said, 'Larry, this is our
22nd, 23rd, 24th year' (of coming to the farm). We go back to 1986, so
it's almost 30 years coming up next year, that we've been selling trees
up here," Krop said.
Although he has employees, Krop said he relies more on his children.
His son, Andy Krop, says, "Basically you're your own boss. Even though
I work for my dad, we do what we know, what we need to get done --
being able to come up with ideas, new ideas of things that we can do
for the business and other side businesses that we can work off of the
It takes about five to 10 years for the trees to reach the ideal height
— between 1 and 4 meters. Prices vary
from 48 to 400. The Fraser and Canaan firs
Many factors come into play in
choosing the "perfect" tree — the type of tree, its color, the shape
and feel of the needles and boughs,
as well as height and width.
Once a customer finds their perfect tree, the farm staff will trim the
lower branches to make it sit in the tree stand, shake loose any
needles, and then wrap it in a net to make it easier to transport home.
儘管人造樹已經越來越流行(grow in popularity)，許多美國人仍認為造訪一趟林場來取得現砍的真樹已是節日傳統了。
樹買家艾比‧史賓曼最近受訪時說：「我們有自己的聖誕樹。. . . . . .我們要把樹帶回家裝飾。」她邊笑著邊解釋這個傳統：「我們把樹從室外拿到室內，這好像是有點『顛倒的』概念。」
有許多因素會影響(come into play)客戶選擇「完美的」聖誕樹：樹的種類、顏色、針葉與樹枝(bough)的形狀和感覺，以及高度和寬度。
[pɔɪnˋsɛtɪə] (n) 聖誕紅
[riθ] (n) 花圈，花環 *字尾加“e”會變成動詞：wreathe (v) 用花環裝飾；繚繞；盤繞
(n) 冷杉 *不要跟另一個字搞混了：fur (n) （動物的）軟毛，皮毛
(v phr) 開始作用；發揮作用
[baʊ] (n) 大樹枝
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