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

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Keri Sheehan sets to work on Jessica's tree Credit Heathcliff O'Malley

"Alright, we've got to walk all the way to the end and back because we've got to find the flawless one alright?" says tree customer Dan Davis.

She says Minnesota Christmas tree farmers continued to plant new trees through the recession years.

Highland Trees said it has even made business better because they are receiving more orders from places that are affected.

Teal said it is too early to know how this year's rainfall will affect the Christmas trees that did make it to the holiday season.

Well, for many it's time to buy a Christmas tree, which leads to one of life's biggest dilemmas among families - should a real tree be purchased, or an artificial one?

It is unclear when fir trees were first used as Christmas trees.

Smith also blames Hurricane Harvey for the spike in price to transport his trees from the Willamette Valley in OR to South Texas.

"Past times there's been snow up to our knees and we have to trench through the snow", says Maggie. "I'm not happy about it". You grab the family, you bundle up (or think about how nice that feeling must be), and head to a local tree farm to chop down the fragrant fir. He didn't want to elaborate on the financial hit but said it would be a significant one. "But what they're actually allergic to is the stuff in the trees".

The noble fir is native to the Northwest and among the most popular Christmas trees. They hold their needles well, but only if care is taken to make sure they never run out of water.

But in Minnesota, we have thousands and thousands of trees available.

Once you find some of your favorite trees in the lot, make sure to check the branches. The story goes that, the night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see a myriad of stars shining through the tree branches.

"Unlike the grocery stores and chain stores, our trees are strictly grown in West Virginia", he said, "and not many other people can say that".

"It's recommended space heaters stay three feet away from all combustible materials".

A favorite this season are the bluer trees, and those with a hint of silver under the branches.

Howell Tree Farm is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. until December 23.

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