Abel’s Christmas Trees, which offered real trees and plentiful holiday cheer to local residents for decades, announced on Facebook that it is closing.
The family-owned business operated at 7424 Sunrise Blvd. in Citrus Heights. Besides trees, the big tent along the busy roadway annually featured elaborate Christmas decorations, lighting and numerous activities for children.
However, the end of the long run was announced in a Nov. 16 post: “To all our loyal customers (who feel like family to us), we are closing after three generations of selling Christmas trees. It was a very hard decision to make, and we will miss all of you. Thank you, Cal and Janis Abel.” The post also thanked “all of our family and staff who have made the Christmas season very enjoyable.”
Over the past decade, analysts have noted that the Christmas tree business can be a feast-or-famine proposition, affected by the economy, the weather and the availability of trees from farms throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.
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Open & Shuttered, a rundown of recently opened and closed businesses in the Sacramento area, will appear periodically in The Bee's Sunday Business section.