It's the middle of December, and we're fully entrenched in the holiday season.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or just getting a few days away from the office, most of us can agree that the holiday season is one of the best times of the year. We gather together, give and receive gifts, and get another chance to give thanks for the great things we have in life.

In order to be ready for all of those festivities, however, we have to decorate and prepare well in-advance, but how we go about that might be changing in 2022. Recent statistics are showing that New Yorkers are skipping a step in their preparations in order to avoid a classic holiday hassle.

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New York Ranked Close to Last in "Real Christmas Trees" in 2022

A recent article from Empire Stakes shed a bit of light on the Christmas tree industry, and specifically, which states are seeing the most purchases of "real" Christmas trees in 2022.

Buying a fake Christmas tree, one that can last for years, has become an increasingly popular holiday practice over the years, and recently-released statistics are showing that New York has been one of the states leading that charge.

Unsplash / Thanush S
Unsplash / Thanush S

Based on Google Trends data, Empire States estimated that New York has an average search volume for "real Christmas trees near me" of 15% of total Christmas tree-related searches. That number is ranked 41st in the country out of 51, with all states and the District of Columbia being ranked.

As mentioned briefly above, Empire States dug into Google search data, and compared the amount of searches done for real trees, versus fake trees. They used those totals to create percentages, showing the level of interest in buying real-life Christmas trees by each state's population.

Unsplash / Kelly Sikkema
Unsplash / Kelly Sikkema

Here's how other states around New York ranked in their interest in purchasing a live Christmas tree:

  • New Hampshire - 49.5 (2nd)
  • Rhode Island - 31 (7th)
  • Pennsylvania - 28.3 (13th)
  • New Jersey - 25.3 (21st)
  • Massachusetts - 22.2 (25th)
  • Connecticut - 18.5 (33rd)
  • Vermont - 0.0 (T-46th)

Of note, six states, including Vermont, tied for last in the rankings with a 0% expressed interest in buying real Christmas trees. Of course, this could be an anomaly, but it's nonetheless an interesting look at the evolving Christmas tree landscape.

This holiday season in New York and many other states, apparently, most people will be singing "Faux Christmas Tree!" instead of a normal rendition of the song.

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