NCNN Examines ” Symbols of the Season”

NCNN logo NCNN Examines ” Symbols of the Season”

Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. For many families it just isn’t Christmas until they have purchased their tree and brought it home.

Fraser firs remain among the most popular, with 50 million grown in the mountains of North Carolina.  In fact, North Carolina produces over 19% of the real Christmas trees in the U.S.

The state’s $134 million Christmas tree industry has also helped spawn a number of small business opportunities for wreath and ornament makers as well as local artisans.


In “Symbols of the Season” the North Carolina News Network examined the many Christmas-related businesses that get us in a festive mood to celebrate the holidays.

The four-part series follows Joe Freeman, the Ashe County farmer who grew the official Christmas tree for the White House this year, and several other small business owners who plan for Christmas 365 days a year.

Join NCNN as we also get a glimpse behind the scenes at how Governor Mike Easley and the First Lady Mary Easley will celebrate the Christmas season.

WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM, and affiliates of the North Carolina News Network aired the series the weekend of December 8th and 9th.

The series is now available online. Visit:

Thanks to NCNN’s Clayton Henkel for this capcom story.


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