By: Jenn Schanz
Nothing says the holidays like the smell of fresh pine, but with the convenience of artificial trees, is the tradition of the real thing still alive?
Many who ventured to Walnut Grove tree farm just after Thanksgiving think so.
"It's been a family tradition since I was very little myself, so I'm keeping it with my girls as well," says Nicole Peterson, who came to find a tree with her daughters.
The Lawson family has been coming to Walnut Grove for 12 years. With Dad's help, sisters Harper and Tess cut down a winner, but it wasn't an easy choice.
"We had to vote and it was three against one," says Harper
Tess says "Hey, that one had a lot of room and it was really tall!"
Dennis Adams, owner of Walnut Grove, says getting a real pine is about more than just the smell, it's about an authentic holiday experience.
"It's really aimed at families to come out and have that family experience. And they go out and select the tree and come in and warm up in our log cabin by the wood stove and have hot chocolate," he says.
You can choose from thousands of trees.
They let you measure and cut it down yourself, and they'll load it in your car.
Adams says the most popular Christmas trees are scotch pines; they tend to hold up ornaments well and cost $7 per feet.
White pines and Austrian pines are also popular trees in Nebraska.
He says most families select trees between 6 and 8 feet fall, costing anywhere from $42 to $56.