Tips for picking the flawless Christmas tree

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Chris Shumate wants to chop down misconceptions about Christmas trees. Donelson says scotch pines were all the rage in the 80s, then fir and short needle trees took over in the 90s and early 2000s. "Please do come and visit us". Maybe follow up with a tree decorating party. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

But it's important to keep your tree safe this holiday season. Research shows this tradition probably began about 1,000 years ago in Northern Europe.

While Teal's is well-known locally for its Christmas trees, it also sells wreaths and other evergreen products to floral wholesalers in the region. "They like the experience.We've had families that their kids have grown up and their kids have come back", said Kazery.

While the Muldoon family sings to its tree before cutting it down, another group came to the county from Bergen County, all wearing Santa hats with "Nucilar" on them. A picture from Germany in 1521 shows a tree being paraded through the streets with a man dressed as a bishop riding behind on a horse, possibly representing St. Nicholas.

Don't leave the lights lit on the tree unless a responsible person is at home.

The first person said to have brought a Christmas tree into a house was the the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther.

According to annual consumer polls conducted by Nielsen for the National Christmas Tree Association, an average customer spent $74.70 on real trees past year.

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If you're chasing the invigorating scent of a fresh Christmas tree, you'll need more green in your pocket this year.

Meanwhile, styles that were trendy in the 1980s are popular again and that includes your Christmas tree.

"The next generation, we're getting older, so we're starting to take care of the farm more a little bit now too, and we're down here every weekend", said Carlie Lamke.

Candles started 8 percent of Christmas tree structure fires. In Victorian times the trees would have been decorated with candles to represent stars. Never run them under rugs or carpets.

"This tree probably would have been $20 cheaper - it would have been 165 dollars".

"A lot of the trees are coming through very wide".

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