ENDNOTE: A direct hit at the Christmas tradition



A New Holiday Tree 

It’s ugly and spooky, and that’s the point. The Halloween tree is an orange artificial Christmas tree, and retailers hope you will buy one, as well as such decorations as candy-corn lights, black and orange ornaments, oversize spiders and miniature pumpkins. Candy makers like the idea because you’ll need garlands of skull chocolates and gummies, too. Spending on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations is expected to reach $9.1 billion this year, up 8% from last year’s projection, according to the National Retail Federation. For some households, Halloween kicks off a three-month period of home decorating. While some may shudder at the spookification of the Christmas symbol, Treetopia, an online Christmas tree retailer, has sold 40% more orange trees this fall than last year.

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Anyone else find the “spookification of the Christmas symbol” as an attack on religious value?

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