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Vermont's Christmas tree crop ready

Morrisville, Vermont - December 1, 2011

At the Paine's Christmas Tree Farm in Morrisville, employees are busy making more than 1,800 feet of fresh holiday garland while outside, snow dusted trees are ready to be chopped down.

"I love it, I absolutely love the snow. It puts everyone in a good mood when they come to get their tree," manager Andrea Blaisdell said.

Blaisdell's been working the holiday beat for a decade. She says when it comes to what makes for a perfect tree; it depends on who you ask.

"Some people like the wilderness look, the branches sticking out in pockets here and there, some people like that perfect cone shape," Blaisdell said.

A rainy summer meant some of the trees were slow to turn bright green across Vermont, but owner Thomas Paine says thousands are ready for families to take home.

"They go out to the fields to look around for as long as they like. Some people are here for three or four hours and then they find a tree and cut it, and we can help them bring it back in," Paine said.

This year Paine's will sell roughly 3,000 Christmas trees, ranging from 4 to 14 feet tall. If you can't make it out here to cut it down yourself, you can place your order online.

"We put it in a box and we ship it to them. I'm shipping a tree to Texas today actually for some people that grew up in Vermont. We actually shipped a tree to the Bahamas the other day because of a person that grew up in Vermont," Blaisdell said.

Paine says regardless where your family finds its tree, making sure it's fresh is key.

"The biggest thing is to just make sure it is fresh, even the pre-cut trees can be fresh but some of them have been cut for up to 4 weeks. So you have to make sure the tree is fresh, give it a fresh cut and then just give it plenty of water," Paine said.

If you've opted for fake or prepackaged before, the team at Paine's says cutting it down yourself isn't as hard as it looks and that you might just create a new family tradition in the process.

"Oh yeah, you can handle it, you can do it, it's no big deal," Blaisdell said.

The rising price for fertilizer means your tree could cost you more this season. Paine says expect to pay between $30 and $85 for your tree depending on its size.

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