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Pop-up shop offers fresh trees, wreaths

Live Christmas trees are the way to go this season, Brad Morris from Twitty’s Christmas Trees said.

The pop-up Christmas tree lot on Hwy. 84 East has sold more than 95 Christmas trees this season in its Andalusia lot and more than 550 Christmas trees in its Enterprise lot.

“I mean there is nothing like a live Christmas tree,” Morris said. “There is a great smell to them, and they look great in your home.”

Morris said that compared to their competition, people have said that their trees are livelier looking.

“People really love the freshness of our trees,” Morris said.

Morris said that he loves working on the Christmas tree lot because of how relaxing it is.

“Twitty Christmas Trees has been coming to Andalusia for about four years now and this is my first time working for them,” Morris said. “It is honestly so relaxing and I have a great time out here. The people of Andalusia are great and it is a great town.”

All a customer has to do is pick out a tree and Morris will do the rest of it for them.

“We cut it down once they pick it, cut it off at the bottom a couple of inches for water to get into it and trim off the branches if you don’t like how a couple of them look,” Morris said. “After that we will put it through a net for you and then send you off.”

Since 1992, there’s been a more than 30 percent increase in households that buy artificial Christmas trees, according to the American Christmas Tree Association.

There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.

There are about 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the U.S., and more than 100,000 people employed full or part time in the industry.

A major factor for many is which tree is better for the environment. The American Christmas Tree Association said if a person uses their artificial tree for at least four years, it’s more eco-friendly than a real tree.

Prices for the trees range from $49.99 to$125. They also have fresh wreaths, tabletop trees, and stands.