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Christmas tree farmers see busy start to season

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Christmas tree farm owners say this is their busiest time of year.

For people visiting their farms, picking the right Christmas tree takes time and usually involves a little compromise.

"The younger guys they always want the biggest tree in the lot," said Greg Raymond.

Raymond and his family searched for their perfect tree at Newby's Evergreen Farms in Wausau.

"The greener the better," said Raymond.

He said bringing a fresh fir home is a family tradition.

"I like the smell, and it's just more better than an artificial tree, it's plastic," said William Kronzer.

With about 20 acres of trees, there are a lot of options and as soon as the Raymond family found their tree it was time to cut it down.

Charles Newby owns the tree farm, he said he's been in the business since the 1970's.

"Families come out and many generations sometimes three and I've had four generations of people that use real trees and they just enjoy it," said Charles Newby.

When it comes to picking out the perfect tree, owners said beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

"When I ran a retail lot in Wausau, we would see trees that I would classify as number two trees and people would think they were just beautiful," said Newby.

Now, many families will be taking their own beautiful tree home to be decorated for the holidays.

Newby said in a season, he usually sells between 900 and 1,200 trees.

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