The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 3, 2012


Medina Journal-Register — The Christmas season is filled with many visible traditions, but maybe none more so than the avalanche of cars you see driving carefully with a attached present as big as Santa’s sleigh.

Local tree nurseries and farms are already launching out hundreds of Christmas tree-carrying vessels each weekend as families throughout the region pick out the centerpiece of their holiday decorations, cocoa in hand as they maneuver through rows of green.

Barbara Ball and her husband Scott left Rickard Nursery in Gasport with two trees, one each for their Rochester home’s living room and back porch. The Balls were joined by their daughter Ashley and her husband Marc, who grabbed a tree for their Lockport home.

“We’ve tramped long distances before,” said Ball, who brought a pole to make sure the tree didn’t stand taller than their ceiling. It helped make her picks. “I liked the size and shape, not too tall.”

Some come armed with their own handsaws (no chainsaws allowed), but others come only with wide eyes. At Sevenski’s Christmas Trees in Medina, it didn’t take long for six-year-old Adeline Castricone to pick out her family’s Christmas tree.

“She picks out the best trees,” said C.J. Castricone, who was happy to have the real thing in his Medina home. “We did fake trees for a while. (With a real tree) there’s a different smell in the house, it brings out the Christmas spirit.”

Many growers said their repeat customers often already know what varieties they want. At Roberts Christmas Tree Farm in Shelby, Michelle and Jeff Plummer of Lyndonville swiftly chose a concolor fir, a variety with a strong citrusy scent that is becoming increasingly popular.

“I like the smell and needle length,” Michelle said as the tree was baled. “It has stiff branches. The cats won’t tip it over.”

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