CHRISTMAS TREE WOES….According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 72% of us now use fake trees, up from 51% back in 1991. Tree growers are planning a counteroffensive next year.

The print edition of the Times has a chart that’s not on the website, and it shows that the turning point was 1999, after which sales of fake trees took off and sales of real trees plummeted. Perhaps not coincidentally, 1999 was also the year that the Drum household turned to the dark side and bought an artificial tree. We haven’t looked back since.