Christmas Tree Options

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RENO, Nev. -- Folks who celebrate Christmas have been taking sides all across the nation--those who prefer the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree or those who opt for the more eco-friendly artificial one. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to tree hunting.

Whether it's for holiday tradition or for ease, picking the right tree for Christmas can be a difficult task.

The drought from this summer has left many tree lots in the country bare, but luckily it hasn't affected us, or our choices.

"As you can see they aren't losing any needles and they are just green all the way back and I was just so happy. I saw how good they lasted," Matt Altemus of Noble Christmas Trees said.

So which option won't break your bank? You can get a tree-cutting permit for $3, but you'll have to go a little out of your way. The permits from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Headquarters in Sparks are sold out, nut you can still get them from the Bureau of Land Management located in Reno and Carson City.

"Get the idea of where you're going to be, take the maps with you, be safe when you're cutting a tree," Mark Co-Ca of BLM said.

Gas mileage and tree-cutting equipment are also contributing factors to the cost.

You can also forgo the hassle and buy a tree that has already been cut in a tree lot.

"You can get rid of it, you don't have to store it," said a customer at Noble Christmas Tree.

If you decide on a real tree, you want to make sure they don't dry up before the season is over. When you buy a tree, pull on the branch so the needles don't come out easily.

At Noble Christmas Tree Farm, Trees go from $20 to $200. It's located at the corner of Kietzke Ln. and South Virginia.

Or you can always settle for an artificial tree from the store, which usually go for $20 to $300.