Singing 'Oh, Christmas Tree' ... then cutting it down

3 tips to find your perfect Christmas tree

Over the last couple days, I've seen many people bringing trees home for the holidays.

With the holiday season now in full swing, many people in the area have begun looking for seasonal decorations - including Christmas trees. They hold their needles well, but only if care is taken to make sure they never run out of water.

Howell said they have hundreds of trees to choose from including scotch pine, white pine and canaan fir trees. California is the biggest buyer of OR grown Christmas trees while 92 percent of Pacific Northwest trees are exported out of the region to Japan, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in OR to South Texas. Best of all, Douglas-fir has a sweet citrusy scent that most people enjoy.

When selecting your pre- cut tree, freshness is always key. "The trees are at least eight to nine feet tall, and there's plenty for selection".

3 tips to find your perfect Christmas tree
Christmas tree shortage affects prices

Most years, it can be a little taboo to buy a Christmas tree before it's even thanksgiving, but this year, the "can't wait for Christmas" types have the right idea.

The department says that Alaska residents are allowed to cut trees on specific state lands.

Jenny Howell, Co-Owner of Howell Tree Farm, said one of the key factors to picking out a good tree is making sure the pine needles don't snap in half when you feel it.

The newest tradition is the caps; the longer tradition is a stop at Yetter's Diner, just down the road, after getting their individual trees. Evans says nationwide, around 42 million natural trees used to be sold, this year, that number is down to around 25 million trees.

"The first year we were hungry", laughed Chris Nucifora. He shows us one on his three-acre farm. This caused many farmers to either get out of the business, go out of business and/or scale back productions. Look for a tree that has good green color. The drawing was then republished in Godey's Lady's Book in December of 1850 in Philadelphia, but the Queen's Crown was removed along with Prince Albert's mustache to help make the drawing appear "more American".

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