On busy shopping weekend, thousands shop for perfect Christmas tree

On busy shopping weekend, thousands shop for perfect Christmas tree

The weekend after Thanksgiving is all about shopping, but instead of hitting stores, thousands of people flocked to local tree farms to shop for that perfect Christmas tree.

For many, it’s a holiday tradition. Dave Gasner and his family have been getting their trees from Haan’s Christmas Farm in Oregon every Sunday after Thanksgiving for more than a decade.

“It’s the adventure of finding the tree that I like, that she likes, that everybody comes around. It’s the fun of laying down there underneath it with my grandkids,” he said.

For others, this is a tradition they’d like to start in their family.

“We only have so many years that the kids are willing to do it with us, so just trying to get family together and take a walk out and look for a tree,” Dann Wasieleski, DeForest, said.

It’s easy to see why at Hann’s Christmas Farm.

“As they’re coming onto the farm you hear the Christmas music, you see the trees,” owner Greg Haan said. “You go out, we provide saws, you cut a tree, bring it back up and we wrap it up for you.”

Hann has been managing his family’s farm for 17 years. He expects anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people to roam around the farm in search of that perfect tree.

“This is one of the bigger days, next weekend also. The first weekend in December is always the biggest weekend,” Hann said.

The rain we saw in June and July made his trees green and lush. He expects to sell thousands of them this season.

“It just means the world to me that you take one of my products and put it into the center of your house for a wonderful holiday tradition,” Hann said.

It’s a tradition the Gasners will continue for decades to come.

“You’re just getting together and spending that hour, two hours, whatever it is with your family and seeing everyone interact and having a good time,” Gasner said.

Hann’s Christmas Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 24.