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When is it time to get a Christmas tree?

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The holiday rush is officially on. While some people take that excitement to the stores, others make Christmas decorations their tradition. Our Andrew Sorensen looks at when and why people start their preparations, as the season of holiday tree sales kicks off this weekend.

MARCY, N.Y. -- When you buy your tree, for a lot of people, it turns out, is just as important to the season as the tree itself.

"I don't know, the pricklies in the bottom of your feet just remind me of the holidays," said tree shopper Joshua Abell.

At Candella's in Oneida County, it's a 93-year-old tradition to be prepared for the post-Thanksgiving tree rush.

"We start in the fall getting ready with ordering the product, but also, we start hitting it hard the week of Thanksgiving with getting the fresh trees in," Candella family member Shawna Candella-Papale said.

It's a tradition that couldn't be more important to families like the Zawkos.

"The weekend after Thanksgiving, we always get our Christmas tree," said Pat Zawko. "[We have] been doing it since the kids were little. And they tell us, 'It's time to go get it.'"

For some people, that family tradition factor reigns supreme when you want to start filling up your house with that pine scent, but for others, it's just as simple as the weather.

"When the snow starts flying, I think it puts people in the mood to come get fresh cut trees and the Christmas decorations," Candella-Papale explained.

Of course, the nice weather is just fine for some.

"Better this than in the sleety snow, so that makes it nice," said Zawko.

But snow is just around the bend.

"So in the next few days, I'm sure we'll a lot of the customers coming out in the holiday mood," said Candella-Papale.

When you buy your tree is really just personal preference. The green thumbs at Candella's say as long as you pick a good one, it should last through Christmas.

"When you pick out a fresh tree," said Candella-Papale, "You want to be sure it has good green color, you want to run your hand along the bow to be sure that none of the needles come off. You also want to be sure you take that fresh cut and put it into fresh water."

Or if you're not into all that maintenance, maybe a nice wreath is the right thing for the holiday mood. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP