A New Twist On An Old Tradition: The Christmas Tree

December 2, 2004 – Posted at 6:38 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Shopping around for the perfect Christmas tree has taken on a new meaning these days. There are so many different types of styles and colors it's almost mind-boggling. Some say buying a Christmas tree these days is like shopping for a pair of jeans.

"Most trees come in slim or regular. They are in various sizes, tall and short all the way from 3 feet to 12 feet," said a floor clerk at Hobby Lobby.

The Hobby Lobby in Jonesboro gave their customers 54 reasons to shop their tree section. That's how many types of trees they started with and not a single one of them needed water. Just the kind of tree Margarette Mitchell is looking for.

"This year I'm looking for a pre-lit Christmas tree because I'm just tired of putting all those Christmas tree lights on I have no help. My husband is lazy," laughed Mitchell.

And lazy is a ok because these trees are a piece of cake to throw together. The leaves are hinges, and all you have to do is pull it out of the box by the trunk.

Now you just have to decide if you want a Flock Tree or a Fir Tree? With or with out pinecones or even snow? Or maybe you're the type that could care less about what kind of tree it is, as long as everyone can see each and every one of your ornaments.

But shopper Mary Jones says Christmas wouldn't be the same without a real tree, "It's just not the same you just can't get a pine smell out of a can."

And if you're really looking for something different, a woman in Poplar Bluff has been selling pink spray painted Christmas trees on E-bay. The selling price? A mere $200 dollars a pop.