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Christmas tree shopping family tradition for many

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -

The Fernandes family is searching for the perfect real Christmas tree.

"Something that looks proportional," said Leela Fernandes of Dubuque.

There's many to pick from at Country Christmas Tree Farm in East Dubuque, Illinois --  short ones,  tall ones, a few awkwardly shaped ones, but they seem to know what they're looking for. "Something with a little bit of body because we have a lot of ornaments, but also not too big," said Leela.

For many, this experience is a family tradition. "Oh, we love that and we always did it where everybody got a turn to try to cut it down," said Jay Fernandes.

It's also enjoyable for those who work here, year after year. "That's my favorite part of working here,  on the tree farm...is seeing all the families come out with their smiley faces, and walking in with their tree cut down," said Sam Tressel.

Another reason why some say a real Christmas tree is special is because of the length of time it takes for them to grow. It takes about eight years for them to be ready.

Now that the family has found the perfect tree, the Christmas season is officially in full swing. 

In Iowa, real Christmas tree sales are a big part of economy. There are more than 100 tree farms in the state. It's a $1-million dollar industry here. 

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