With Thanksgiving in rear view mirror, search is on for perfect Christmas tree

There’s an added step in the ritual of cutting down a Christmas tree, at least as long as the cold snap persists.

Shake the ice and snow from the branches at some point before dragging it in the house.

Locals de-iced their trees Friday during their trips to the tree farms in Centre County for the after-Thanksgiving tradition and kickoff to the Christmas holiday season.

At Kuhns Farms, Jack Infield used a pole to measure the tree’s height and clear as much of the snow and ice before the 12-foot tree ended up in the family room of his Patton Township home. His wife, Karen, will take care of stringing 1,200 lights onto the tree.

“It’s a little difficult to get to the top,” Infield said. “We’ll have to figure it out.”

In the field, though, the Infields had help from farm workers, who chainsawed the tree instead of the usual method, a handsaw.

Mike and Michele Duffey, of Park Forest, had 3-year-old daughter Kate in tow as they scoured the snowy rows of Fraser firs. Kate had a tape measure to help Mom and Dad find the perfect tree.

John and Amanda Maitland, of Stormstown, had their little one, 1-year-old Alexander, out for his first time taking part in harvesting a tree.

“Perfect on all sides,” Amanda Maitland said. “There you go. We’re fast tree shoppers.”

Alexander had the perfect view to see, leaning on Dad as he sawed the 8-foot tree and Mom steadied it from above.

Bob and Judith Novack, of State College, had their three adult children along for the experience. It was their 25th year doing it.

“They’re just beautiful trees,” Judith Novack said. “We get a picture by the tree and then we cut it down.”