This year's Christmas tree season has got a surprising boost from exceptionally mild weather in the Maritimes.
“Yes, it has been mild so far this season,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “But we know that eventually the Arctic air will win the battle as we head into winter.”
Lack of snow does mean a lack of holiday cheer for some. But it’s nothing but a festive season for people in the Christmas tree business.
“It’s helped my trees,” says Chuck Secord of Yuletide Tree Lot. “It’s helped green them a little more and it’s helped the growth of the trees, as well. All trees, especially Christmas trees, need a good drink before a freeze-up. And in this case with all the moisture we’ve been getting, it’s ideal.”
That means that once these trees are cut, they will likely hold their needles longer this year.
But Secord says taking good care of your tree is crucial. You can’t have too much heat in the room and having moisture near the tree is also very important.
With files from Shelley Steeves