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Christmas tree sales brisk on day after Thanksgiving

Fred Paulo Fred Paulo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Once you start buying gifts for your family, you need a place to put them. Many Hawaii residents hit the streets on Black Friday in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

How quickly people go from carving a turkey to cutting a Christmas tree.

Workers at the Home Depot in Honolulu are busy prepping trees for customers to take home. For Fred Paulo of Kalihi, it's been a whirlwind search.

"We actually went a few places and we found the best buy to be here at...where are we?" he said laughing."

Paulo says he always takes his family Christmas tree shopping the day after Thanksgiving. It's a tradition he looks forward to.

"That's what it's all about," he said. "I think it's better than giving gifts, if you ask me, just the experience of going out and picking a tree together and dressing it all up and making it all look nice."

We see a steady flow of people checking out the Noble and Douglas Firs for height and fullness. Alone in the crowd, we find Halawa resident Mila Arlett.

"I wasn't going to choose a tree because this is my first Christmas that my son won't be around," she said through tears.

Losing her only son to illness last month, she finds the strength to move on.

"I think my son would like me to celebrate Christmas," she said. "That's how much he loves me."

Some of the people we talked to say, even in tough economic times when money is tight, skipping this tradition isn't an option.

In the end, what's perfect is different for everyone.

"You know men don't decide, yeah," Paulo said. "We pretty much do what the women folk want."

"Well, at least you understand the secret of life," this reporter joked.

"Of course," Paulo said while laughing.

Workers at that Home Depot say it's been crowded since tree sales began two days ago.

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