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经济学人:圣诞树 喜乐的枝桠

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Christmas trees
圣诞树
Boughs of jolly
喜乐的枝桠
Farmers and vendors see green in fresh-cut Christmas trees
农户和商贩在新砍的圣诞树上看到希望
FRANOIS, also known as The Tree Man,
弗朗索瓦,也被人叫做圣诞树人。
sets up his stand every year on the corner of 102nd Street and Broadway.
他每年都会在纽约102号大街和百老汇大道的街角摆上自己的摊位。
He and the 500 Christmas trees he brings from Quebec have become a fixture in Manhattan's Upper West Side.
他和他从加拿大魁北克市带来的500棵圣诞树已经成为了曼哈顿上西区固定不变的风景线。
For up to five weeks he sells the trees by day for 20 to 300, depending on size and quality, sleeping in his van at night.
在最多五周的时间里,白天他会根据树的大小和质量卖出每棵树20到300美元不等的价格。晚上他就睡在自己的货车里。

What he earns is, he says, the icing on the cake of his annual income.

他说,他在这段时间所挣的钱,对于他年收入是锦上添花。
The Tree Man is a small branch of a big business.
圣诞树所带来的收入只是这个利润丰厚商业的一小部分。
According to a survey by the National Christmas Tree Association, a trade group, Americans spent more than 1 billion on 25 mtrees in 2012.
据全美圣诞树协会20这个贸易集团的一项调查显示,在2012年,美国人花费了十亿美元购买了2500万棵圣诞树。
The average price they said they paid was 40.
受访的美国人称购买圣诞树的平均价格为40美元。
But not all Christmas trees are alike.
但不是所有的圣诞树都是一样。
People on the East Coast like Fraser firs, with their typical evergreen fragrance.
美国东海岸的人们喜欢弗雷则杉树,因为其带有典型的常绿植物的芳香。
Oregon's Grand Fir, which has an orange-like scent, is popular in California.
而带有柑橘香味的俄勒冈大杉树则在加利福利亚比较受欢迎。
Many homes can no longer make do with the festive cheer that only one tree brings.
仅仅靠一棵圣诞树已经不能使很多感受到太多的节日气氛。
Bob Sedlatschek of Home Depot, a chain store which expects to sell 2.8 mtrees this year, notes that some households are buying several.
来自美国家居公司家得宝的Bob Sedlatschek称,一些家庭会购置更多的东西。该家居连锁店今年预计将会售出280万棵圣诞树。
Lou Mignone bought five this year, cutting down the last at Maple Row Tree Farm in Easton, Connecticut, where mums and dads wearing Santa hats meander round the lush 200 acres looking for the perfect sapling. About a quarter of buyers like to pick their own at tree farms.
Lou Mignone今年购买了五棵圣诞树。他砍掉了位于康乃迪克州伊斯顿市的枫树林场的最后一颗树。在这个农场上的父母们带着圣诞帽在200英亩的旷野上四处漫步,希望找到最佳的圣诞树。大约有四分之一的购买者喜欢在林场里挑选中意的圣诞树。
Scott Edwards, who owns Maple Row, a former dairy farm in his family for 200 years, makes all his sales in the four weeks before Christmas.
Scott Edwards是枫树林农场的所有者。枫树林原先是其家族经营了两百多年的奶产品生产农场。现在的枫树林农场的所有销售额都来自于圣诞节前四个星期的时间。
His is one of 15,000 such farms in America.
在美国还有15000个这样的农场,
Most are small and family-owned.
其中的大多数都是规模较小,家族所有。
Easton, the Christmas-tree capital of Connecticut, is home to half a dozen, all located within a few miles of each other.
伊斯顿市是美国康乃迪克州的圣诞树之都,有六个圣诞树农场位于此地,所有农场距离都不过几英里。
Every second car leaving the area has a tree or two strapped to its roof.
每一辆二手车离开该地时都会捆一到两棵树。
Those who find sawing a fir too laborious and choosing one from a tree seller too time-consuming can turn to technology.
有些人觉得自己动手锯倒一棵树太费劲或者觉得从农场主那里挑一棵树太浪费时间,这些人现在可以用高科技方法解决。
Harry DeLucia and his brother set up a website, nyctrees.com, where New Yorkers can purchase trees grown in New Jersey.
Harry DeLucia和他的兄弟建立了一个网站nyctrees.com,在这个网站上纽约人可以买到来自新泽西的杉树。
If that is too much bother an artificial tree might be the answer.
如果觉得买真正的树太麻烦,那么人造树可能是一个方法。
Rick Dungey, of the NCTA, dismisses the artificial sort as plastic tree-shaped decorations.
美国圣诞树协会的Rick Dungey对这种人工的圣诞树非常不屑,认为是树形的塑料装饰。
Americans tend to agree, buying more real trees than fake ones.
美国民众更倾向于买真正的而不是假的树木来做圣诞树。
Of 35m sold every year, 70% sprout from the ground.
每年所售出的3500棵树中,70%的是从土地里生长出来的真树。
Despite a rise in sales a decade ago, fake trees have lost their sparkle since the financial crisis.
尽管十年之前假树的销售有所增加,但是在经济危机以后假树已经失去了市场占有率。
But according to the American Christmas Tree Association, a trade group that claims to represent both types of tree, 83% of homes have a fake shrub.
但是美国圣诞树协会称,任何组织都会宣称自己是真树和假树的最佳代表,但是83%的家庭所购买的树都会有假冒的灌木。
They may be less work and serve for many Christmases, but they make greens cringe.
也许这些圣诞树的作用并没有那么大,也只是在圣诞节才有价值,但是他们的作用并不仅仅只有装饰作用。
Once Christmas is over, most real trees are recycled.
圣诞节结束后,许多真正的圣诞树都会回收再利用。
The needles, however, will periodically turn up on the sitting room floor until Easter.
但是直到复活节前,杉树上的针叶偶尔将会在客厅的地板上出现。
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plastic ['plæstik, plɑ:stik]

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adj. 塑料的,可塑的,造型的,整形的,易受影响的

 
typical ['tipikəl]

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adj. 典型的,有代表性的,特有的,独特的

 
meander [mi'ændə]

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n. 河流的曲折,漫步,迂回旅行 v. 漫谈,缓慢而弯曲

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lush [lʌʃ]

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adj. 苍翠繁茂的,多青草的,丰富的 n. 酒,酒鬼

 
bother ['bɔðə]

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shrub [ʃrʌb]

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n. 灌木
n. 果汁甜酒

 
branch [brɑ:ntʃ]

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n. 分支,树枝,分店,分部
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