If you asked Wayfair, last year's hot holiday trend was the oddly practical upside-down Christmas tree, a product that likely had Bob Cratchit rolling in his grave but otherwise became popular for saving precious floor space in cramped urban abodes.
This year, the local e-commerce company is seeing an uptick in sales in two different categories. The first is traditional (albeit artificial) holiday trees in non-traditional colors. The sale of non-green Christmas trees, I'm told, has gone up by more than 300 percent year-over-year.
The leading colors, in order of popularity: white, blue, silver, gold and brown. Why someone would buy a brown Christmas tree is beyond me (you can just have my dead one from last year for free). But I'm not shocked that a trend like this would surge these days. Everyone needs to be different, after all, and Heaven forbid that freshly cut Douglas Fur clashes with your dining room motif.
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The other trend is a bit more confounding, though like last year it's driven by the need to save space as much as possible, even when it comes to a 6.5-foot artificial tree.
It seems there's a real market this year for half holiday trees. If you're picturing a short Charlie Brown tree, you're not thinking about the right half, either: Wayfair is selling a whole bunch of artificial trees that have been cut in half from top to bottom so they can be nestled more easily against a wall or into a corner.
Orders for these trees, pictured blow, are up about 150 percent over last year. Prices range from about $50 up to $275.
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