Christmas tree shopping tips

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Christmas tree farms are opening soon around the greater Wichita metro soon and some are offering tips on what to look for and how to be safe when buying your tree.

Prairie Pines Christmas Tree is opening the day after Thanksgiving Nov. 29. They doing some preparations just two weeks before they open. Owner, Bob Scott, said they have been doing business in Wichita for about 45 years and now they have about 15,000 trees standing tall on their farms. He also said they import some trees from Michigan and North Carolina. Regardless of what trees you buy, Scott said at any time, it's best to know how to prevent them from drying out and causing a fire.

"There's not a fire hazard if they keep it in water," Scott said. "The thing is, we cut the trunk off here, when they go home before they put it in water, I'd cut about an inch of the trunk off and put it in water so, it will absorb the water and it'll never be a fire hazard."

Recently in Wichita we've seen record cold temperatures. With that, Scott said you may also notice a difference in the trees appearance this year.

"The trees will be a little bit yellower than they are in normal days because we've had such cold weather in November and October," he said. "Usually we're cutting trees and we haven't had a freeze yet, so, they have that rich green summer look."

According to Scott this doesn't affect the trees as a whole, but only changes their color a little.

On their opening day, they plan to have Santa visit the farm at 11 a.m. with their full hours being from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Scott said Santa will be available for pictures and everyone can start shopping for trees.

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