Chris Paskvan cuts down a tree Monday at Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm in Galien, Mich. Staff photo by Michael Caterina
Chris Paskvan cuts down a tree Monday at Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm in Galien, Mich. Staff photo by Michael Caterina
GALIEN, Michigan — Joy and Erik Clapsaddle weren’t taking any chances with their Christmas tree this year. 

The Granger couple got out earlier this week with their four children to observe the holiday tradition of picking out and harvesting a live tree at Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm at 4404 Spring Creek Road, just south of town.

“We’ve been coming here since we moved here seven years ago,” said Joy, adding that the family enjoys the experience of riding out to the fields of trees in a decorated horse-drawn wagon, the Christmas music, the lights and the decorations.

For the Clapsaddles, a visit to the tree farm is usually the first real experience of the holiday season, and sets the tone for the next several weeks.

“It’s fun to be here with the family,” said 11-year-old Gavin while sipping a hot chocolate. His older sister, Ivy, 13, agreed and said the experience is worth the 30-minute drive and bundling up for the possibility of snow.

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