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Christmas tree lots can indicate state of economy

For some, picking out a Christmas tree is a mandatory holiday tradition.  Gilbert Miller with Kimi Farms Christmas Trees in Columbus says choosing your tree is not just a holiday tradition, but the process can say a lot about the state of our economy.

"It's incredibly variable.  It mirrors the economy almost perfectly.  So, in 2007, we had a really remarkable year, and in 2008, we began to see sales decline in 2009, 2010.  We've seen some evidence that things have stabilized here," said Miller.

Kimi Farms Christmas Trees range from $30 to just under $300.  Miller says every year is different in the Christmas tree business because it's hard to predict what people will want to buy.

"I think that may be the same for also any business.  But, really you only have a month's time basically between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You have to guess not only now many trees to get, but also what height sizes," said Miller.

Many shoppers at the tree lot said their Christmas tree is the last thing they would cut from their holiday list.

"It's a lot of commerce coming in, and people love their tradition.  So, it's important to us.  [We can] just cut back in other areas," said Tricia Lassen

"We would cut back on areas so that guys like this can have a Christmas tree to grow up with," said Michael Urquhart.

These holiday businesses also mean work for those needing to make some extra money, like Cody Benn.

"It definitely puts a little more change in my pocket to help just pay for stuff because my parents are pretty good with helping me out, but there's some extra stuff this definitely helps," said Benn.

However, for some, like 2 year-old Brooks Urquhart, it's not about the business, it's about what the tree means.

"Santa Claus is coming to see me."

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