It's the time of the year when Katie Abrams sees her Fort Collins, Colo., neighbors pulling up with real trees tied to car roofs. She feels small pangs of jealousy when friends post woodsy pictures in flannel shirts, cutting down the perfect spruce.
"It all sounds really nice," Abrams says. "And then once you go out and do it I can just imagine all the steps involved."
That's about when she pulls out the fake tree from the garage. An act that terrifies U.S. Christmas tree growers.