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More than 1,800 households were sampled in 12 principal cities of six Intermountain states. Use of natural Christmas trees by state, ranged from 76.4 percent to 54.8 percent. For artificial trees the range was from 22.7 percent to 7.6 percent. Economy of using artificial Christmas trees was the major motivation for those who used them. Tradition was the major reason offered by natural tree users for their selection. Annual purchases of artificial Christmas trees seemed to be increasing. Recently, however, the rate of increase has lessened compared to the first years that such trees were on the market.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Former Assistant State Forester, Utah Department of Forestry and Fire Control

Publication date: 1965-11-01

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