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Families spend Black Friday searching for the perfect tree

Posted November 28, 2014

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—  As many families across the Triangle headed to the mall to take advantage of the Black Friday deals, other families set out on the search to find the perfect Christmas tree.

Byron May owns the Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm in Chatham County. He said Black Friday is typically the busiest day of the year.

"The trees on the farm have done pretty well," he said. "We just don't have enough of them. It's hard to keep up."

At the Jordan Lake Tree Farm, families have the luxury of cutting down their own tree. That luxury is what keeps the Richards family coming back every holiday season.

"Every Thanksgiving we always come out here, we do this then we do gingerbread houses," said Shelby Richards.

For 20 years, trees have been raised, wrapped, and roped onto car roofs at the farm May owns.

"You can't get anything fresher than you can by cutting it yourself," he said. "I think it's the experience."

North Carolina ranks second in the nation behind Oregon in Christmas tree production, with trees grown mostly in the state's mountains providing about 4 million trees worth about $1 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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