Christmas trees are really hot this year: 'People want an old-fashioned Christmas'

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Christmas tree lot in suburban Chicago Photo credit WBBM Newsradio Rachel Pierson

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Christmas tree outlets are seeing brisk sales, possibly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would say people are buying earlier than they used to,” Holly Murphy, owner of Murphy's Farm in Bloomingdale, told WBBM Newsradio on Thursday.

The boost in business comes as many are turning to holiday traditions for a sense of normalcy while dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.

“People want an old fashioned Christmas,” Murphy said. “They want to come out with their families and their kids and pick out a Christmas tree and have a nice holiday.”

Doug Handel, owner of L&M Tree and Wreath in the Chicago area, said he has sold more trees in his first few days of opening than in last year’s entire season.

L&M Tree’s Bartlett location alone sold roughly 1,200 trees in its first two weeks of business.

“After this last weekend, we had to have a semi-truck come in with about 1,200 to 1,300 trees, and right now we're on our second load, which came in yesterday night,” site manager Isaiah Covert said.

L&M has had to turn to its reserve tree farms just to meet the demand.

“I am up in Medford, Wisconsin cutting trees right now trying to keep up with the market,” Handel said.