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Grandpa's Christmas Tree Farm
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.4

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     challenging words:    bailed, bailing, chainsaw, earflaps, mid-October, pruned, red-checkered, skyward, twine, year-round, handy, tagged, piled, trailer, marked, especially
     content words:    Washington State, Raising Christmas


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Grandpa's Christmas Tree Farm
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     The Friday after Thanksgiving is a busy day for Grandpa and our family. We help Grandpa on the farm. It is cold and wet outside in November here in Washington State. A low fog begins lifting by early morning. Everyone gets dressed in his or her warmest winter clothes. It is harvest time on Grandpa's Christmas tree farm.
 
2     Acres and acres of trees stand up straight, their tops pointing skyward. Fields of Nobles, Doug firs, Frasers, Grands, and Nordmans are ready to be harvested. Most of them are taller than Grandpa. The trees to be harvested are usually between six and eight years old.
 
3     Everyone who helps with harvest must be dressed warmly. It is cold and wet in western Washington in November. All the Christmas trees are wet because of the rain. Grandpa and Dad wear their harvest hats - a red-checkered baseball cap with earflaps. They each wear thick, insulated gloves and a pair of rubber overalls. A raincoat is worn over their padded winter jackets. The rain gear keeps them dry.
 
4     Grandpa has been preparing for this year's harvest all summer. He began pruning and shaping the branches to look like real Christmas trees in July. After the trees are pruned, they are measured. Measuring is done in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

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