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Dec. 24, 1969: Fir boughs or fake? A look at Buffalo’s Christmas tree tastes

Christmas tree farmers in Amherst and Tonawanda were noting declines in sales of real trees 45 years ago this week, while the Sears store at Main and Jefferson noted robust sales of the fakes.

While the headline indicates some 1969 folks thought that real trees might go the way of lighting trees with real candles, the truth is, the farmers knew there would always be a place for a spruce or a fir in some Western New York living rooms come the end of December.

"The artificial tree: One day soon that’s all Yule see"

"The men who stand watch over Christmas tree lots in and around Buffalo concede that artificial trees are making inroads on their sales.

"But they steadfastly predict real trees, now known as 'natural,' will be around for countless Christmases to come."

24 dec 1969 artificial trees

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