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Late Thanksgiving Means Xmas Tree Crunch

Updated: 11/26/2013 2:18 AM
Created: 11/25/2013 9:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- We're less than 72 hours away from Thanksgiving but many are already thinking to Christmas and because of a calendar quirk, there's less time between the two holidays. A smaller gap, means a busier time for local tree farms whose peak season falls in between.

"We've always had a real tree so that's always been a tradition in my family," said Rochester mother Sara Smith. Picking out the tree and cutting it down yourself is tradition she wants her family to carry on, bringing along their son and baby girl. "I think he enjoys it,  it's been an experience. I guess he was about four the first time we brought him out," she said.

There's still a big selection out there since most people do they're Christmas decorating after turkey day. "With having a shorter season, with Thanksgiving being later, I think that's one of the main reasons," said Sara.

It seems more families are doing the same this year. Doug Dose, the owner "Choose & Cut Fraser Firs" in Rochester says last weekend was their busiest pre-Thanksgiving weekend to date. "About twice as many on Saturday and Sunday as we did last year Saturday and Sunday the same weekend," said Doug. Still, they anticipate a flood of tree shoppers this coming weekend. "We kind of emptied the parking lot of any excess vehicles and we brought in some pre-cut trees and we brought on more staff," said Doug.

Even with fewer days from one holiday to the next, Doug thinks business overall should do just fine. "We have people that came out when we opened in 1991, so when they were kids they came out to the tree farm, and now they're married and they're coming out," he said.

Those long standing traditions keep them in business, and give families something to look forward to each year. "This is kind of one of those things where hopefully he'll carry it with him and our daughter will too," said Sara.