SAN ANTONIO -

Forget faux firs. When it comes to decking their halls, the Liefur family says live Christmas trees are the way to go.

"Every year we get a real tree," said  Erik Leifur as he was shopping with his family for the perfect tree.

Apparently, there's just something about the scent and sentiments.

"You get the smell, and also it's like a custom,"  he said. "Every year you can go pick out your tree with your family."

At the Holiday Hills Christmas tree tent on I-10 near DeZavala, crews were busy Thursday unloading fresh shipments from Oregon. 

It seems live trees are in demand.

"I've had several people (say) this is the first live tree they've gotten," said Holiday Hills' Jeraldine Bush.

She said prices are the same as last year.

A six-and-a-half-foot Noble Fir was going for $67. A towering 16-foot Noble Fir was tagged for $1,100.

Shopping grocery and home improvement stores is a way to trim tree costs.

The HEB Plus at Loop 1604 and Bandera was selling the a six and a half foot Noble Fir for $37. And a 12-foot Noble was $150.

Artificial trees do have their fans because they require no water, don't aggravate allergies and are reusable. 

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