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These Christmas Trees Have Frequent Flier Miles

Some Christmas tree growers are using mail order sales to reach customers across the U.S.
These Christmas Trees Have Frequent Flier Miles
Photograph by David Hartley/Bloomberg

People are finicky about their Christmas trees. For some, that holiday staple must hail from Wisconsin. That’s where Wayne Raisleger comes in. He’s been FedExing Wisconsin trees from his Windswept Tree Farm to customers across the nation since 1999.

“A lot of my customers are ex-Wisconsin residents,” he says, noting that he’s shipped to at least 40 states. “They’re used to quality Christmas trees but are unable to get them, if they live in, say, Georgia, or Coral Gables, or the Los Angeles area, or what have you.”