The holiday season is here and it's time to choose your Christmas tree. For some families, this is a serious tradition, while for others any old tree will do. One fact remains: it may be more difficult than you think to find the Christmas tree that suits you and your family.
If your family is like mine, then traditionally just about any tree that exceeds 12 feet and is slightly bushy will do. But for the Klus family, one stroll through the U-pick Christmas tree lot in Lebam, did not yield a holiday sapling. Rather, it prompted tour after tour of the entire tree lot, meticulously scanning for the tree with the correct Klus characteristics.
"We like the short, full trees," said Princess Klus.
Considering that some of the requirements when selecting a tree are for personal preference, some of the additional considerations are due to necessity such as ceiling height in their home. Christmas tree selection, for the Klus family quickly becomes serious business.
First off, the Klus's were searching for a Grand Fir, and there were plenty of Grand Firs in the U-pick lot. The problem was that the only Grand Firs in the lot were much too tall for the Kluses' home.
"We are looking for a smaller tree because they stay fresher than a big tree," Princess said. "We plan to keep the tree up for two weeks."
One of the other factors that played into the Kluses' choice of tree was that Mr. Klus had only a bow saw, so a smaller tree trunk was suitable.
After my family had loaded up our 14-foot tree, the Klus family were still empty handed. They had decided they would search elsewhere for their perfect Grand Fir Christmas tree.
So, if you have very specific specifications that you require for your holiday symbol or you know there is a member of your family who is rather picky about their trees, make sure you know where the next U-pick Christmas tree lot is, because the lot you chose may not have your perfect tree.