Despite cost, Christmas tree shoppers...

Despite cost, Christmas tree shoppers keep it real

There are 11 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Despite cost, Christmas tree shoppers keep it real. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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Tom

Pasadena, MD

#1 Dec 15, 2008
What do you mean, "Christmas" tree? Don't you really mean "Holiday" tree? How crass, how exclusive, how ethnocentric your paper is, using the word "Christmas". Have you no sympathy?
It's "holiday" cookies, and "The 12 Days of Holiday", and "Happy Holidays!!" - don't you know?
Janna

Cockeysville, MD

#2 Dec 15, 2008
This article misrepresents the pricing at local tree farms. Frostie's is only one in the area and by far the most expensive. We have lived here 15 years and have often cut our own tree. I won't go to Frostie's to cut anymore because she is so expensive. You can spend much less at other farms. Two years ago she charged me $70 for a 9 foot fir. When I told her that was cheaper then what she had charged the year previous she upped the price to $80. After I had already paid her! Greedy.
The past two years we traveled to Ruhl's farm in Phoenix.$45 for a 9 foot canaan fir. Beautiful and worth every penny.
Too Much

United States

#3 Dec 15, 2008
Tom wrote:
What do you mean, "Christmas" tree? Don't you really mean "Holiday" tree? How crass, how exclusive, how ethnocentric your paper is, using the word "Christmas". Have you no sympathy?
It's "holiday" cookies, and "The 12 Days of Holiday", and "Happy Holidays!!" - don't you know?
I think you're being just a little to "politically correct". Why not go further and say that Santa can't say Ho Ho Ho anymore, it should be Lady of the evening, Lady of the evening, Lady of the evening. Get real.
Concerned in MD

Gwynn Oak, MD

#4 Dec 15, 2008
Janna wrote:
This article misrepresents the pricing at local tree farms. Frostie's is only one in the area and by far the most expensive. We have lived here 15 years and have often cut our own tree. I won't go to Frostie's to cut anymore because she is so expensive. You can spend much less at other farms. Two years ago she charged me $70 for a 9 foot fir. When I told her that was cheaper then what she had charged the year previous she upped the price to $80. After I had already paid her! Greedy.
The past two years we traveled to Ruhl's farm in Phoenix.$45 for a 9 foot canaan fir. Beautiful and worth every penny.
Depending on where you live it's a bit far to go for a tree. The money you save on the tree will be spent in gas. But your point is well taken.
Bmore

Baltimore, MD

#5 Dec 15, 2008
I've gone to Pine Valley the past two years and got a canaan fur last year and a douglas fir this year (in the 6 - 7 ft. range.) This year it was $45 with a coupon (we bought during the week). Last year I think we paid $50. They provide the saw and a cart to hall the thing back to the shop to pay for it. My only comment on the article is that I didn't need the editorializing about the McMansions destroying Maryland's countryside. I see enough of that everyday, and don't need the article writer's prediction of future farmland turned into to shabbily constructed monstrosities.
Bmore

Baltimore, MD

#6 Dec 15, 2008
Just realized the Pine Valley Farm I've been going to is in Sykesville, no where near Elkton. I have no idea about Pine Valley in Elkton.

“Obama 2008”

Since: Feb 08

Potomac, MD

#7 Dec 15, 2008
Tom wrote:
What do you mean, "Christmas" tree? Don't you really mean "Holiday" tree? How crass, how exclusive, how ethnocentric your paper is, using the word "Christmas". Have you no sympathy?
It's "holiday" cookies, and "The 12 Days of Holiday", and "Happy Holidays!!" - don't you know?
Despite what the Bill O'Reiley War On Christmas brigade wants you to believe, not everybody wants to sanitize all personal meaning out of the holiday.

I stopped believing in all the supernatural God/Jesus BS not long after I stopped believing in Santa Claus. That being said, the Christian story of Christmas is a beautiful one (except for the whole King Herod thing - The Coventry Carol still gives me the chills), and the imagery of Jesus' birth is but an adaptation of the pagan solstice celebrations in which the earth is "reborn" from the time of the shortest days of the year. There are lessons in the ancient parables of Christmas that have nothing to do with the supernatural, yet are just as meaningful as the made-up stuff. It's simply a matter of how one wishes to "use" the holiday.

So, this atheist proudly displays a Christmas tree. To me, it will always be a Christmas tree. People that choose to be divisive about religious preferences this time of year are simply missing the point.
Dunn

Baltimore, MD

#8 Dec 15, 2008
Given the population and tree farm size, is this environmentally friendly?
Anthony

Baltimore, MD

#9 Dec 15, 2008
As a druid! I find chopping trees down for a holiday event is sacrilegious! Trees are living enties of this great planet! As Yule was celebrated tress were decorated modestly never cut down. I am against the whole Christmas tree killing idea! Even when I was a kid I thought it was wrong to take a life to celebrate a function. And they are making money from killing? Well thatís just sad. So sorry to speak about this. I think itís wrong. Poor trees!
Joe

Baltimore, MD

#10 Dec 15, 2008
Anthony wrote:
As a druid! I find chopping trees down for a holiday event is sacrilegious! Trees are living enties of this great planet! As Yule was celebrated tress were decorated modestly never cut down. I am against the whole Christmas tree killing idea! Even when I was a kid I thought it was wrong to take a life to celebrate a function. And they are making money from killing? Well thatís just sad. So sorry to speak about this. I think itís wrong. Poor trees!
They all become firewood or mulch. Don't worry, no waste.
Sun is setting fast

Cockeysville, MD

#11 Dec 15, 2008
Anthony wrote:
As a druid! I find chopping trees down for a holiday event is sacrilegious! Trees are living enties of this great planet! As Yule was celebrated tress were decorated modestly never cut down. I am against the whole Christmas tree killing idea! Even when I was a kid I thought it was wrong to take a life to celebrate a function. And they are making money from killing? Well thatís just sad. So sorry to speak about this. I think itís wrong. Poor trees!
I believe this posting is a joke. However, if not, u are an a$$hoole.

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