MEQUON (WITI) -- Thanksgiving 2013 is over, and now the focus is on preparing for Christmas. For many families, that means searching for the perfect Christmas tree!
FOX6 News on Sunday, December 1st spotted Kristian Lindo at Noffke Tree Farms in Mequon selecting and then cutting down his Christmas tree.
"I’m originally from Hawaii. We don’t have a lot of Christmas trees," Lindo said.
Also on hand was Amanda Brennan and her family.
"We’ve done this for the past six years probably, and now, we have a little guy that likes to help us too, so that adds to the fun this year," Brennan said.
Ben Noffke represents the third generation of his family's tree farmers.
"This is actually my favorite time of the year!" Noffke said.
For more than 60 years, the Noffke family has been growing firs, pines and spruces for folks who want to put in work harvesting their own, or those who just want to pick out a pre-cut tree.
"Right now we’re about 50-50. Back in the day 'pre-cut' was always number one, but now the 'cut-your-own'—it just keeps growing every year," Noffke said.
Noffke says Friday's Opening Day was the best in the business' 60-plus years.
Noffke suggests tree hunters dress appropriately for cold and wet conditions and anticipate spending between $20 and $200 as they share the spirit of the season.
The folks at Noffke Tree Farms suggest watering the trees daily, keeping them away from heat vents and making certain any tree lights are properly-functioning.