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How much jingle will fresh Christmas tree cost?

Price range from $29 to $900

SAN ANTONIO - Inside a giant candy cane-colored tent filled with firs, Felix Trevino searched for the perfect Christmas tree.

"The bigger, the better," he said, eyeing a 15-foot Noble Fir.

That towering tree will take some serious jingle: $900 at the Holiday Hills lot on Interstate 10 near DeZavala.

Fresh Christmas trees outsell artificial trees three to one, according to the Christmas Tree Association.  Seems there's just something about the smell and tradition.

"Most everybody grew up with a real tree except some young kids," said Holiday Hills Jeraldine Bush. "They say, 'We've never had a real tree,' so people are buying this year because they've never had a real tree."

Prices run the gamut. The most economical tree at Holiday Hills is the Douglas Fir. A six-foot tree runs $41.

The same size citrus-scented Grand Fir runs $51.And the sturdy noble is $55 for a six-foot tree; about $200 for a 10-foot Noble.

For shoppers looking to save some green on a live tree, they do cost less at supermarkets and home improvement stores.

At the HEB at Bandera and Loop 1604, a fresh six-foot Noble was $39. And a six-foot Douglas was $29.

Teri Matkin was shopping for her family tree and settled on a nine-foot Noble Fir, perfect for holding heavier ornaments.

"I think a perfect Christmas tree is just one the kids love. It doesn't matter how big or how small, just as long as you have it for your tradition."

To pick a fresh tree, Bush recommended running your hand down the needles. If several come of in your hand, that's probably not the freshest tree, according to Bush.

Once you've taken your tree home, you should also check the water every day.


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