In search of a fresh Christmas tree

Friday, November 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Some people avoided the malls - and headed for the farm - to pick a fresh Christmas tree. News on Six Reporter Emory Bryan says for many families, a visit to a Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving is tradition.

The Wallace family wants a tree tall enough for a cathedral ceiling, cut fresh so they won't repeat one of their favorite Christmas stories. Robert Wallace: "We had one, the week before Christmas you couldn't even turn the lights on, it was so dry at night you could just hear the needles falling, got all in the presents." That's not a problem with live trees like those from the Owasso Christmas Tree Farm. They have 2000 trees ready for Christmas.

In all those trees, sometimes it's hard to find the one you want. Dustin Wall, Owasso Christmas Tree Farm: "Some of them come out and go row to row and find a tree and like and they can't ever find it again." The Wallace's looked through dozens of candidates - rejecting most as either too short, or not full enough. Their children were left to guard the best ones. Amanda Wallace: "Just holding the tree so my parents will know where the tree is and won't lose it." They finally found their tree, and their children. Robert Wallace: "Not as many holes, it's fuller, the other had a couple of holes in it." They decided to tag theirs and wait a little closer to Christmas to cut it. But other families sawed their trees to get a start on decorating - and if they're careful - a fresh cut tree can last the full month before Christmas.

Bill Jacobs, Christmas tree farmer: “Keep plenty of fresh water on it, don't let it go dry and it will stay fresh." Some dry needles are normal - they'll shake out at the farm - and a fresh cut on the trunk helps it stay fresh. With the tree tied up - and loaded on the car - it's time to decorate for Christmas.