West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - With Thanksgiving wrapping up, many people spent Sunday at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture's Country Christmas Event, looking for the perfect Christmas tree.

Jennifer Maldonado and her family came to the event at the South Carolina State Farmer's Market to buy the perfect pine tree.

"I think just the smell of pine, there's something about it that just takes you back to your childhood," Maldonado said.

Maldonado says Christmas would not be the same without it.

"[A] Christmas tree is just like having Jesus in the house," said Bill Bouknight, a tree vendor at Bouknight's Christmas Trees, "it's the reason for the season."

For Bouknight, selling Christmas trees is a longstanding family tradition.

"My great granddaddy started this," Bouknight said, "this is our 99th year in the family."

In addition to shopping for Christmas trees, there was also face painting, gingerbread craft making, an antique tractor show, and a visit from Santa.

"We've always wanted to find things that are kid friendly to get ready for the holidays," said Danielle Harris, an attendee.

Harris says it is events like these that get her in the Christmas spirit.

"Seeing all the kids out having fun, this is perfect," Harris said.

With freshly wrapped trees headed to their new homes, there is one last step for the tree.

"The decoration of course," Maldonado said, "[it's] not really Christmas until everything goes on it!"