Black Friday busy for Christmas tree sellers

While thousands across Michiana hunted for bargains on Black Friday, some families have a different shopping tradition.

Many spend the day after Thanksgiving searching for the perfect Christmas tree.

"A lot of people are blessed that their family's in from out of town and this is the weekend that they put up their trees," said Terri Matthys, owner of Matthys Farm Market.

The South Bend shop had a steady stream of customers come in Friday to take home trees.

Many say picking one out and decorating it with family is their favorite holiday tradition.

"We put the Christmas music on while we're decorating and getting ready," said Lauren Talboom, who was home from law school for Thanksgiving. "It definitely makes it festive."

With Thanksgiving being later in November than normal, Matthys says there were some people who couldn't wait that long to decorate. Some picked up trees before Thanksgiving, which is rare.

She anticipates the next two weekends will be big for Christmas tree sales.

" I foresee people panicking a little bit, as quickly as December's going to come," she said. "I mean, December 1 is Sunday."

Stephen Smith stopped by for a Christmas tree Friday and says it's the earliest his family's gotten one. But, he says they're ready for the fun that comes along with the holidays.

"After it's up, there's a much better feeling around the house whether we have company or not," Smith said. "You see the tree and you feel like putting on music and it lifts your spirits."

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