One of the big traditions for those celebrating Christmas is putting up the Christmas tree for the season. Although there is the constant debate over having a real or fake tree, we're going to talk about where to get your real trees in Sedalia.

The big tradition in our house was for my Mother and I to go to Papa Jake's Donuts on the Saturday Morning of the Christmas Parade to get donut holes and hot chocolate.  Then Mom and I would watch the parade while my Father and my sister would go and get the tree, get it set up, and decorated.  I don't know exactly how many of you still buy a real tree every year, but Sedalia has a tree stand in the Thompson Hills Shopping Center.  Now, if you'll forgive me, I'm going to steal Doug's pictures from last year, when he went out and took photos of all the trees here locally.  I'm just terrible at photos.  You understand.

This tree stand is run by the Sunrise Optimist Club, and they are normally open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. according to President Dennis Shull.  They say they have three varieties of trees that come from Oregon and Hermann, Mo.  The trees came to the Sunrise Optimists at Thanksgiving.  They have Noble Firs, Scotch Pines and Balsam Fir.

Several businesses in Sedalia also sell Christmas trees:  Wal-Mart, Menards, Lowes and Ace Hardware.

Menards in Sedalia has a selection in their Home & Garden section.  Their varieties are Fraser, Balsam Fir, White Pine Tree, Scotch Pine Tree along with wreaths. Sedalia Menards Manager Kenny Sackett says they can cut the ends off for customers and also wrap the trees up for easy transport if necessary. Sackett said the importance of maintaining the trees is to cut the ends off.  If you wrapped the tree you may let it out for three days to let it fully be on display and keep it watered.

Lowes in Sedalia also keeps their Christmas trees outside in the Garden Center.  They have living plant Christmas trees, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir and Scotch Pine Christmas trees for sale.

Westlake Ace Hardware in Sedalia off Thompson Road has Scotch Pines, White Pines, Fraser Firs and wreaths for sale in front of the store that are available.

So there you have it!  You have several options for getting your trees this year.  Hopefully you've got your own tradition for setting up your tree, whether it's real or plastic.  It doesn't really matter to me, as long as there's family around!  Enjoy your decorations, and enjoy your holiday season.

Tree-ily yours,