While many tree-buyers have welcomed the flair, some see the plants as a garish breach of Christmas orthodoxy.
Belvidere, New Jersey
IN 1850, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Tree. The short story opens with a description of the tree "lighted by a multitude of tapers" and decorated with ornamental guns, pincushions, pen wipers, sugarplums, "teetotums" and "humming-tops". Despite the fertility...