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Tis’ the Season…before Thanksgiving

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Thanksgiving may not be here yet, but in Chicopee, it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Folks began eyeing and claiming their perfect tree since early September.

Susan Lopes, from Paul Bunyan’s Farm in Chicopee says, “We’re off to a great start here at Paul Bunyon’s. People seem to be really eager for the season.”

For those who think its too early to pick out a tree, Susan informed us that the trees they grow will last through the season just fine. The fir trees have a long needle retention. Lopes adds, “They are also soft fragrant, they have great color to them.  They just make the ultimate Christmas tree, so people are able to extend the season even earlier.”

There are many large trees that are ready to be taken home this season, but there are also many tiny trees that have quite a bit of growing to do.

Signs near one section explained that trees there wouldn’t be ready until 2022 – that’s ten more years of growing!

Now cutting down your own tree may be a bit of a task, but there’s something about a special, hand-picked tree this time of year that brings friends and family together.

Zeida Santos was there with her family picking out a tree today. “The kids love picking out their own tree. They help their dad cut it down and they love getting a ride in the wagon,” she tells us.  

Bonnie Elmer and her family look forward to this tradition each year as well. “We get the biggest one we can find and try to stuff it in the front door. And each year one of the kids brings a new friend who has never cut down a tree before,” Elmer explains.

Paul Bunyan’s is just one of dozens of Christmas tree farms across western Massachusetts. You can “>CLICK HERE to find more information on a farm in your area.

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