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Chart of the Day: Deck the halls, real or fake?

Izzy Best, CNBC News Associate
Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

Christmas is a few weeks away and 'tis the season for consumers to purchase and decorate Christmas trees - whether real or plastic pines - so Santa knows where to put the gifts.

The U.S. Christmas tree industry is a billion-dollar business that sold a total of 35 million trees in 2012. Holiday shoppers bought 24.5 million real trees and 11 million artificial trees. The average spent on a real tree is $41 and $72 on an artificial tree.