Christmas tree hunting in full swing

November 27, 2010 5:25:11 AM PST
Some North Carolina Christmas tree growers say they have seen a drop in sales in recent years, but they are hoping this will be the year they see a change for the better.One tree seller says prices are a little lower this year and there's a good supply, so he's hoping it will translate into a jump in sales.

"A tree is just like us human beings, we're all just a little bit different," James Burleson with Burleson Tree Farm said.

Burleson says he knows Christmas trees, because his family has been in the business for more than four decades and he says the economy has taken its toll in recent years.

"We just haven't had as many sales as we used to have," Burleson said.

But 2010 is looking up, just based on sales since Wednesday.

"Been real good, as matter fact, I think it's been a little bit better than the past years," Burleson said.

This year, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture says the Christmas tree harvest should top 5 million trees and there should be plenty to choose from thanks in large part to a good growing season.

"We had plenty of water in the spring when you need the most of the water," Burleson said.

Over at Wagoners in north Raleigh, dozens of people stopped by in search of the perfect tree on the day after Thanksgiving.

"I like tall big plump trees, so the bigger the tree the better," Raleigh resident Carolyn Schneiders said. "Just the smel, and the environment, it just got me excited for Christmas, so I'm really excited."

The first weekend of December is traditionally the busiest time for tree vendors.

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