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Christmas tree season begins

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LA CROSSE (WKOW) -- Tree farms in south central Wisconsin and the rest of the state are open, and they are waiting for those moving on from Thanksgiving and decorating their homes for Christmas.

And has already seen dozens visit to chop down their preferred fir, pine or spruce.

One family in the La Crosse area spent some time on Saturday chopping down a tree, as part of their Christmas tradition. 

"We wouldn't do it any other way and the boys have fun with it, too," said mother Amanda Pittman. "So it's just good to get the family out. And it's a simple, fun thing to do together, and go back, make hot chocolate and decorate.

There have been reports about drought-like conditions hurting young Christmas trees in Wisconsin, but that more mature trees are doing well.

Dennis Smith, with Smith Farms in Osseo, brings trees down to sell in Madison every year. We spoke with him Sunday at his retail site in a lot on Mineral Point in West Madison. He confirms the drought conditions hurt younger trees, saying some farmers lost up to 100% of their seedlings.

"It depends on where you are, too, of course with spotty rain." he said.

Smith says Frazier Firs handle drought conditions better than other types of Christmas trees and tend to hold their needles better

"And that's what we recommend more than any other," he said.

But this year's Capitol Christmas Tree is a Balsam Fir. It will be lit in Madison on Friday.

The 37-foot tree was selected from Meyer's Castle Tree Farm in Medford, which provided the White House Christmas tree in 1998.

 

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