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Scrooge McHorrible America Will Tax Your Christmas Tree [Updated]


A tax on Christmas trees — Christmas trees! — has been approved by the Obama administration, to raise $2 million to pay for an ad campaign that will explain the benefits of live trees over fake ones. Does anyone really need to be explained the benefits of live trees? In brief, they smell better, and then they die and leave needles everywhere. But at any rate, the tax has been approved, the advertising will commence at some point, and, unless the tree growers pick up the tax (which is euphemistically being called a “charge”), you will pay 15 more cents for your Christmas tree — or perhaps you will buy a fake one to save your 15 cents, and the effort of cleaning up all those damn pine needles.

In any case, Christmas is pretty much destroyed. Yep, destroyed.

Fun fact: Did you know that 31 million people bought live trees and 17.4 million bought fake ones in 2007? Now you do.

In related news, the Rock Center Christmas Tree has been chosen. Share your favorite Christmas memory in the comments! Just kidding.

Update: America’s heart just grew three sizes (or somebody got worried about the political ramifications of people saying that Obama killed Christmas): “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees,” reports ABC News.

USDA OKs Christmas tree tax [Politico]


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