Tree shopping's biggest day of the year sees changes during pandemic

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 23:21:11-05

MEQUON — Black Friday, for many, also means it's time to get that Christmas tree, or tree for the holidays. This year, a number of tree farms, and families, are taking a different approach in the pandemic.

The chainsaws were going as the sounds of laughter and outdoors prevailed during business hours at Trees For Less, a tree farm in Mequon.

It provided a rare opportunity for families like the Carrolls to get outside during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s nice to come out here. Get the kids hot chocolate, see Santa, and have a little normalcy to life,” said Patrick Carroll.

Normalcy for their kids Connor, Carson, and Harper means, having the perfect Christmas tree and...

“Getting presents,” Connor added.

As some tree farms welcomed people looking to get their trees, some others decided to forgo tree sales this year.

Poplar Creek Tree Farm in New Berlin decided not to open this year because of COVID-19. Also, Pining Christmas Tree Farm in Sussex.

Trees for Less owner Rick O'Malley said outdoors lends itself to social distancing. He said he enjoys seeing people get outside, safely.

“I’m just happy to see people smiling, bringing their kids out and having fun,” O’Malley said.

John and Kirsten Linnemanstons have been hunkered down with their baby for the past few months.

They said they’re happy to step outside – if even for a little bit -- to get their tree.

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