Spray-Painting Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP -- In a sea of green, you wouldn't expect to see some pink, purple, and blue, but spray painted trees have become quite popular this holiday season.

We found a bunch at Walker's Tree Farm near Lehighton.

"I think it's going to be one of those things where people are going to be looking for the latest and greatest. They want to keep up with the Joneses, and if their neighbor has one, 'Oh, I might need a colorful one,'" said Jenell Mertz of Lehighton.

Farmers tell Newswatch 16 they use a food-based, child-and-pet-friendly paint to spray the trees.

You can get a solid color or get a little fancy and add some frost to it.

This year, they painted about 100 trees.

Farmers at Walker's noticed the colorful trees were a hit in California last year. So this year, they decided to bring it here to the east coast.

"My grandfathers used to sell a lot years ago. So maybe the trend is coming back," said Lee Walker, Walkers Tree Farm owner.

So what do people think about these colorful trees?

Elane Dennis from Palmerton isn't a fan. She believes it messes with tradition.

"It's like one of those things that are going to come and go and I get that, I understand. I have respect for people if they want to buy that, but personally, I want to pick with the true color," said Dennis.

Others like Jenell Mertz from Lehighton have mixed feelings about the pop of color.

"If that is what someone wants to do, whatever their motive is. I won't judge them for it. They can have whatever color they want, that is fine with me," said Mertz.

These trees cost a little bit more than a traditional, depending on how tall it is and how much paint was used.

If you didn't get one this year, owners of Walkers Tree Farm plan to carry these colorful pines again next year, too.

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