According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 32.8 million real Christmas trees were sold in the U.S. in 2018, up from just 27.4 million the year before. Growers and industry researchers believe the trend is largely driven by millennials, many of whom want the experience of picking out their own tree.
This photographs accompanied a cover story by Sara Miller Llana, published in The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, and online here.

Brady Richardson watches his dad cut down their Christmas tree November 24, 2019 in Erin, Ontario. The Richardson family cut down two trees.

Joao Bilibio unloads a new shipment at North Pole Xmas Trees Nov. 15, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Anthony Malvarosa shakes snow off a shipment at North Pole Xmas Trees Nov. 15, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire. North Pole doesn't grow their own trees, but acts as a broker between North American growers and retailers.

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