Picking the perfect Christmas tree. It's a holiday tradition on par with wrapping gifts and hanging ornaments. For many, picking a tree means
searching the shelves of a local department store, but some area residents say the only tree fit for their living room is a real evergreen.
Finding the perfect Christmas tree is a long standing tradition for Mike and Kari Carr and a new tradition for their two year old daughter Cadence.
"And we find the right tree and we go home and that weekend we decorate it and every year we find a new ornament to put on it. And it's very much a part of our holiday Christmas season," explains Kari.
It's a chilly November day at Hartman Tree Farm, but this is a process that just can't be rushed.
"Has to be the right height the right thickness, can't have any branches missing or anything like that," Kari adds.
Of course, placing a real evergreen in the living room is a lot more work than just buying a tree with plastic pin needles. Families like the Carrs wouldn't;t have it any other way.
"I think the real feel and the smell of a real tree are an important part of the tradition, I think," says David Hartman of Hartman Tree Farm.
The Carrs agree, but for them, picking out the perfect tree is all about making memories and even capturing a few.
"We want that to be important to her as well and whether it's Christmas trees or going out, doing whatever, going to a ball game, it's time with the family," Mike concludes.
The Carr family is part of 21% of American households that will have a real tree in their house this Christmas. That's compared to 48% of Americans that'll be putting their gifts under an artificial tree.