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Want to cut your own Christmas tree? 'Get out of town a little bit'

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A worker at Spring Creek Holly Farm finishes bundling a fir tree to be loaded up for a customer.

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LEABURG, Ore. — Ron Glazier and his kids are a bit choosy when it comes to a Christmas tree.

“Usually, you can't find that perfect tree, so there's always a little bit of work to do to make it perfect,” Glazier said.

The word "perfect" is a relative term. On this particular day, their search has led them to Spring Creek Holly Farm near Leaburg.

“You can find trees in town, too,” Glazier said. “That's just more convenient, but we like to spend a little more time and get out of town a little bit.”

“Oregonians are tough people,” Jim Russell said. “They'll come out whether it's raining, snowing or sunshine. And it looks like with the weather, we're going to have all of it. It's winter time again.”

Rusell is the director of operations at Spring Creek Holly Farm.

Winter means that workers at the farm are busy crafting wreaths and decorations of all kinds.

“Each wreath takes about an hour to make,” Russell said. “So it's a labor-intensive process.”

After a search that even he admits isn't too labor intensive — about 10 or 15 minutes — Ron's son Nate finds a tree he can live with.

A quick buzz of the chainsaw, then it's off to the baler to wrap up the Glazier family's piece of holiday cheer.

“We're willing to trim off what we need when we get home,” Glazier said.

Or, if you prefer to cut your own tree, Travel Lane County is one place that sells Christmas tree permits. You can also pick up a Christmas tree harvest map which will point you in the right direction.

“Up Highway 126, our forester who works up there has identified some areas where there's a greater abundance of noble and silver firs,” Jude McHugh said. McHugh works in public affairs for the USDA Forest Service.

McHugh reminds families to also make sure they're well equipped for a trip to the forest.

“They want to be sure and be in and out in daylight," McHugh said. “You also want to bring extra water, wear layers and don't count on your cell phone to work in these remote areas. You need to have a safety plan that doesn't involve electronics.”

Just a few places where you can go to find some Christmas cheer.

Spring Creek Holly Farm will also donate half the proceeds from every tree sale to a school of your choice. Simply mention the name of your child's school when you buy the tree.