Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Families Pick Christmas Trees; the Holiday Symbol Means a Lot of Different Things to People

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Families Pick Christmas Trees; the Holiday Symbol Means a Lot of Different Things to People

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Byline: TOPHER SANDERS

The Times-Union caught up with a few people Sunday who were looking for the perfect Christmas tree to brighten up their home as we approach Christmas and the New Year.

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Laural Wilson, of Mandarin, said she couldn't wait for her 11-year-old son Casey to see their Christmas tree.

Casey is spending a few days in Tallahassee with his grandmother and Wilson wanted to make sure the Christmas tree was bright with lights when he returns.

"It will be up and ready when he gets back," she said.

A "bunch" of ornaments that Casey has made with adorn the tree.

Wilson picked up her tree from a lot on San Jose Boulevard in the parking area for Kmart.

Wilson said she always has a live tree. She was drawn to the tree she selected because of its fullness. She leaned in close to the tree and sniffed.

"It's fresh," she said. "That's what I like. If I'm going to have a tree, I want it to smell good."

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Fran Lyons and Richard Smith of Mandarin were looking Sunday for a tree to put on their back deck.

"Because we throw this New Year's Eve dinner party and that's part of the decorations," Lyons said.

The married couple has been putting their Christmas tree on their back deck for more than a decade, they said.

"I want it to be fat," Lyons said of her preferred tree.

Lyons and Smith picked up a tree from a lot on San Jose Boulevard in the parking area for Kmart. The couple said their busy schedule with dog agility competitions kept them from getting the tree earlier.

On the inside of their home they have a cluster of small Christmas trees.

The outside tree will have simple decorations with lights only, Lyons said.

"Actually it's really cool," she said, "because you can sit in the living room and look out the window at your tree. And the really cool thing is you don't have pine needles to clean up all over your house."

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Bryce Carter and Ashley Tso have a lot to celebrate, and the Christmas tree they picked up Sunday was just the icing on the cake. …

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