It may not look like much from the outside, but once you walk through and smell the pine Wagoner’s Christmas Tree Lot, you’ll feel like it’s your own winter wonderland right in Burlington.
Mike Ahlgren has been selling these douglas firs for more than a decade… and he says giving families their Christmas trees helps him get in the spirit.
Every day hundreds of people come here to pick it out, cut it down, and bring it on home… with a little Christmas cheer included.
“We probably sold between 150-200 trees between 4:00 & 10:00 last night,” Alghren said.
The sales over just a few hours prove that the economic situation isn’t affecting Alghren’s feel-good industry.
“It’s a happy time of year,” he said, “and everybody wants to be in the spirit.”
That spirit brings about 100 million dollars to North Carolina’s farm economy each year.
So, while families may be trimming back on spending this year, they’ll still be trimming their Christmas trees.
Mike Staley and his family have been coming to Wagoner’s for years, and his kids say it’s a tradition that can’t be left out. “I feel the same way, it’s just not Christmas without one,” he explained.
That feeling’s pretty common around here… Mike tells stories of customers who do just about anything to have their tree… especially Elon students!
“We had to move her furniture onto one side of the room and let the tree on the other side cause dorm rooms are pretty small.”
Even with pinched pockets, the holiday spirit is keeping sales up for these gorgeous pines. Families cutting back on spending doesn’t mean they won’t be cutting down Christmas trees.
“Especially in this economy,” Alghren explained, “I believe a lot of Christmas tree puts everybody in the spirit.”