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Thanksgiving Tradition, Christmas Tree Shopping

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For the Gilson family, the day after Thanksgiving is about tradition

"Every year after Thanksgiving we always come out to get our Christmas tree for the year.  We always do a live Christmas tree," said George Gilson.

At the Bahl Family Farm in Asbury, families are deciding which tree to get...from frasir firs to pine trees.

They can go on a hayride, go out to the field and cut down their own Christmas tree.

Owner Kathy Bahl says the weather helped this year.

"It's been a good year for Christmas trees because we've gotten a lot of rain and that always helps," said Bahl.

She's seeing more young families at the farm who probably had fake trees in the past -- meaning higher sales.

As for the Gilson family...shopping for a real tree is about the experience.

"The smell, absolutely the smell. We love coming, taking the hayride with the kids," added Mrs. Gilson.  Her husband agrees.  "We love getting a live tree, they last a long time, they smell great and it's a tradition to cut one down together as a family," he said.

Industry experts say Christmas tree sales are expected to increase this year.

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