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'Real' Christmas: Tradition, 'the smell' keep shoppers coming back for live trees

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Carlo Klemm
'Real' Christmas: Tradition, 'the smell' keep shoppers coming back for live trees

by Dustin Monke - Dickinson Press

May 18, 2015

 

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For John Kempenich, it's about tradition, family and, of course, the smell.

Kempenich spent several minutes Wednesday night at the Dickinson State University Agriculture Building carefully examining the fir trees lining the walls until he found one that caught his eye.

He fluffed the tree and inspected it some more. After seeking the advice of his daughters, who each performed the same meticulous study of the tree, the decision was made. The Kempenich family had found their Christmas tree.

They have been coming to DSU to pick out a Christmas tree sold as a fundraiser by the university's rodeo club since before their 18-year-old daughter Lexi was born.

"It's just one of them things that you like -- that smell and the familiness of coming together and picking out a tree for the year," Kempenich said as the smile on his face grew.

 

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Ann Berry, a customer at Cashman Nursery, said even though her husband isn't a fan of real trees, she likes to use real tree branches to decorate around their home during the holidays.

"I always think of Charlie Brown," she said with a smile.

The price of real Christmas trees vary by height, from around $40 to more than $80.

But to some, like Berry, the price doesn't really matter.

"I do have a pre-lit artificial tree, which I do like, but would take a real tree any day over an artificial tree," Berry said.

To others, it's just not Christmas without a real Christmas tree.

 

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SCSanta

We also have both...and the artificial tree is quite beautiful. But, we use it for convenience because it goes up and comes down so easily. We always take time to pick out a fresh cut tree for the formal living room, because of tradition.

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Santa Bruce Geron

We have an artificial tree. We would like to have a real tree but we travel visiting our families from Christmas until after New Years. A real tree would not survive that length of time without being watered. But, I miss the smell of a real tree. I've often dreamed of custom-building a home with a blue spruce in the great room.

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Santa Bob of Tulsa

In our area live Christmas trees, cut down in a growers field, are better then lot bought trees and honestly better than artificial. We've always decorated the house with bows that we trimmed off the tree we brought home. The smell it gives around the house is just marvelous and makes our Christmas all the better. The fun bringing the children out to pick up the tree over the years past has always been a very fond memory.

When I was little here in Oklahoma my dad would drag us all out into the country and we would grab an old scrub red cedar tree, let the wind dust out all the mites and critters on the way home driving and then we'd shake it silly before we brought it in the house. A very nice memory with my family when I was a little boy.

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Santa Marty

Fresh trees in our area are expensive and not very fresh.

Simply put, if we don't have a tree up before Thansgiving it doesn't happen, we been using an artificial tree for years.

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Santa TJS

I have artificial trees as they go up before the buddy Santa season begins,I do add those pine scented pine cicles on the trees and have a fresh Christmas wreath inside the house to get that special balsam smell. We always had real trees at home but put them up the day before Christmas taking them down Jan 6th

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Cynthia Lewis

I miss real Christmas trees the most.  But the whole family is deadly allergic to them.  Very sad.  Bet there's a tree lot in Heaven..........

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Carlo Klemm

When we were young, we always had a real tree. For the most part, in the city, we found them at tree lots set up by the Scouts or other organization. When we moved to the country, we set out about 3 weeks before Christmas into the countryside armed with axe and saw. 

When we moved out here to Alberta, the trees changed and the firs, and spruce and pines we had in Ontario weren't around. We tried going out and finding good live ones....not easy. Tree permits from the Ministry of Logs and Frogs were only $5 so that didn't matter. It was trying to find a good one. 
Had to resort to artificial especially about 8 yeears ago when I started wearing the red suit. Just didn't have the time anymore to go tree hunting. And I got a nice discount at Walmart where I worked so stayed the artificial course.

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Elf Without Jingles

Didn't there used to be a brand of Christmas trees named Mountain King? I remember vaguely seeing a series of commercials in the 1980's for those.

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Santa Ron Lane

We have an artificial tree. We would like to have a real tree but we travel visiting our families from Christmas until after New Years. A real tree would not survive that length of time without being watered. But, I miss the smell of a real tree. I've often dreamed of custom-building a home with a blue spruce in the great room.

You can always buy a real wreath and just toss it before you leave to visit your family. The wreath will give you that live tree smell!

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PaulGHillier

2015, my first year as Santa will be the first year we will have a real tree in our farm house. Our new dining room is big and tall enough for a 9 footer! Can't wait! :santa101:

 

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Ol Santa

Like most of you...

 

        ...Ol' Santa here.   I'm not home a whole lot at Christmas Time, so the Bride and I use a 9' tall artificial tree which remains

decorated year round.   We simply wrap it in 2 or 3 sheets and put it on a cart and roll it into an extra closet we had included

when we built the house 15 years ago.   But the wife uses a pine scented air freshener everyday before I come home or before

guests arrive.  

 

        We have folks ask sometimes if the tree is real; and how we can decorate our tree so fast.   So now you know!

 

Ol' Santa

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Santa Bruce Geron

You can always buy a real wreath and just toss it before you leave to visit your family. The wreath will give you that live tree smell!

Thank you eronlane. Great idea! I also like the pine cone idea from Santa TJS.

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