Will Your Christmas Tree Be Taxed?

After causing a huge stir this week, it looks like the government's Christmas tree tax isn't going to fly

Bah humbug! It’s not even Thanksgiving and we’re debating a tax on Christmas trees. In an effort to raise money to promote buying real trees, the government planned a 15 cent per tree fee on suppliers. But who’s to say they wouldn’t pass it off on us?

Growers support the tax. In fact, it was the National Christmas Tree Association that requested it. The fee would fund a promotional campaign to support the marketing of real trees, a la the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign, according to White House Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich.

Hauling a fake tree from your attic every year may be simple and environmentally friendly. My aunt’s 8-foot stunner attracts the entire neighborhood year after year. But tradition is tradition. As a child there was nothing more exciting than putting up a real tree. Although I can’t say my excitement stuck around for the cleanup, inhaling the scent of a freshly cut spruce week after week is one of my favorite Christmas memories.

If growers bump up the price of real trees, will buyers turn to fakes? We’re in the clear for now while the tax is being re-evaluated. And with a sluggish economy and high unemployment rate, maybe it’s for the best.

More holiday must-reads:
-- You Tell Us: What's Your Holiday Spending Strategy This Year?
-- Nate Berkus Dishes on Entertaining for the Holidays
-- Time to Tree-Cycle
-- 22 Heartfelt Holiday Presents You Can Make
-- Get more great ideas at Holidaily

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