A greener Christmas season

      EUGENE, Ore. People are gearing up for the holiday season, but before you are ready to shell out some green, we found some ways to get the best bang for your buck when you decorate this holiday season.

      The day after Thanksgiving is the first true shopping day of the holiday season, but there are a few tricks out there to keeping your tree greener and also saving some green when it comes to turning on those twinkle lights.

      "It has that feel of the Pacific Northwest to it. You get the smell of the pine, and it just looks beautiful, you get to trim it. It's just an essential part for us in our Christmas tradition," Springfield Resident Brayden O'Guinn, told Newssource 16 while loading his recently cut Christmas tree in to the family car.

      O'Guinn said during his entire life he has always had a real tree at Christmas and never a fake one, and first thing Friday morning, he went to Bo's Family Christmas Tree Lot on Mohawk Avenue to get this year's symbol of the season.

      "We have a lot of repeat customers that come back every year to us. You don't have to pay for the gas and go up to the mountains," said Matt Bowles, who was manning the tree lot when O'Guinn arrived.

      Bo's Tree Lot is one of the oldest tree lots in Springfield. Some of the first customers began arriving at sun up to get the best selection. After more than twenty years in the business, the family operating the tree lot has picked up a few tricks of the trade to keeping your tree greenest the longest.

      "Put a little citrus in the bottom," Bowles said. "It will keep the sap from building up, and it will help the tree last two times as long."

      In addition to the citrus mixing with the water, Bowles says fresh cutting the bottom will also keep the tree fresher longer.

      In addition to tips on keeping your tree green this Christmas, technology has also improved on keeping more green in your wallet in the way of lighting your Christmas tree.

      "It's just as easy at the regular lights," said Nigel Chanay of Jerry's Home Improvement in Eugene.

      Making their way into the market more and more each Christmas are light-emitting diodes or L.E.Ds, and when it comes to how they operate, even though they look like them, these aren't your grandma's Christmas lights.

      "They don't have that heat generation that incandescent light will do," Chanay said. "So they're cool. They run efficient and are cheap, and because of their lower wattage, you can strand more of them together and run more lights off of one outlet."

      He said within the next ten years, the good old-fashioned twinkle lights are likely to be a thing of the past. Making LEDs the only Christmas lights on the shelf in the future.

      "I think it's going to continue to grow," Chanay said speaking of LEDs in the Christmas light business. "It's just when can they get it in there as the standard."

      When it comes to LED Christmas lights, Chanay it is likely that the cord will experience typical water damage over the years causing the strand to give out long before any of the lights will ever burn out.