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Tree processor

Mike Looker, tree processor at Justice Tree Farm, cuts a tree before wrapping it Friday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Maria Sestito / The Daily News
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 16:46 PM.

For some, it’s not Christmas until you find the perfect tree.

Zelinda Sullivan, a Jacksonville native and loyal customer at the Justice Tree Farm, prefers freshly cut trees.

That’s one of many reasons she frequents the farm in Jacksonville, she said. Another reason, she added, was the ambiance of the farm, which her grandson always enjoys.

“You can’t go wrong buying from a family-owned business,” she said. “Sharing this tradition with the youngest generation is just great. You go some places and they’re all the same tree. This place just offers you more of a selection — something special that you’ll remember.”

Picking out a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving is something that sets the mood for Christmas. Decorating and planning for Christmas Day is something she won’t start before she has a tree because it “doesn’t feel right.”

Frasier Furs are the “premium” Christmas tree and also the most commonly purchased, according to Carolyn Justice of the Justice Tree Farm, who expects to sell upward of 1,000 trees this winter if everything goes according to plan. Her trees are cut down in Alleghany County and were shipped to the family farm a few days prior to Thanksgiving. Because Frasier Furs cannot grow at lower altitudes, the trees must be imported and sold. Native trees available for purchase include White Pines and Cedars, which can be freshly cut in their fields.

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