By Brad Segall
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (CBS) – The day after Thanksgiving is also the day people start getting a look at this year’s Christmas tree crop.
Not everyone who came out to Maple Acres Farm in Montgomery County was ready to buy their tree just yet, but they did want to get a look at what’s available. Many of them wait until a couple of weeks before Christmas to make sure the tree stays fresh.
Colin McCreery was looking for a tree for his off-campus apartment at Temple University. “I don’t really know what kind of tree, just you know, something that I can put some lights on some decorations to make it feel like the holidays.”
And he hopes to start some new traditions.
“At my house we put the lights on and then we wait until — is it like a week or a day — before (Christmas) that we just start putting up the ornaments together, but at my apartment it will probably be just me putting it up and maybe my roommates will help. I’m not sure.”
So what is the perfect tree? Well, that varies depending on who you talk to. Joie from Rydal spent some time looking at the trees.
“The perfect tree is very full, very fresh and about nine feet tall without any noticeable holes.”
She usually waits until a couple of weeks before Christmas to make sure the tree stays fresh, but if she sees the perfect tree earlier, she’ll ask them to hold it until her family is ready for it.
Then comes the tradition of decorating the tree.
“We usually pick an evening after we’ve had a couple of cocktails and a couple of glasses of wine. We haul down the boxes and we decorate it for a couple of hours and light a fire and put music on and get in the spirit of Christmas.”
Experts say you should pay special attention to getting a fresh tree this year because of the additional time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.