PIEDMONT -- There's going to be a lot of kissing going on in the Baacks' Piedmont household this Christmas.

"Not just a normal amount of kissing; there's going to be double the kissing this season," said Sally Baack, who was clutching two bunches of mistletoe that she bought at the Piedmont Scouts' Christmas tree lot on its opening weekend, just two days after Thanksgiving.

Baack also bought a 7-foot Douglas fir from the Scouts, who have held the holiday tree fundraiser for 47 years.

"I love supporting Scouting in Piedmont," said Baack, whose two sons, Drake, 6, and Skye, 4, were excited with the Christmas tree adventure and looking forward to decorating as soon as they got home.

"I love the super-friendly service and all the beautiful trees. It's such a fun way to start off the season."

Scouts Quinn Porter, 15, and Nick Wiesbrock, 15 -- both students at Piedmont High School -- loaded the fir tree onto the roof of Baack's car and tied it down securely, using knotting skills they'd learned over the years.

"We've both been helping at the lot since we were Cub Scouts -- probably in second grade," Porter said. "It's fun to spread Christmas cheer and get to meet a lot of happy people."

Wiesbrock said customers choose from three different types of trees -- silver tip, Douglas fir and noble fir.

Terry Lee and her husband, Christopher, have been involved with the Piedmont Scouts' tree lot for more than 20 years -- their son, also named Christopher and now 25, started Scouting when he was 7 years old and attained Eagle Scout rank.

"The tree lot started as a fundraiser in the parking lot at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont in 1966," Lee said.

"It rapidly outgrew that space and has been at Coaches Field for many years -- it's a long-standing tradition in Piedmont and the Scouts' biggest fundraiser of the year."

Net sales provide 30 percent of the Piedmont Scouts' operating budget.

Lee said the trees, which are grown in Oregon, are all sustainably farmed.

Ninety-nine percent of the people working at the tree lot, including parents and Scout leaders, volunteer their time.

"It's a great lesson for the Cubs and Boy Scouts in terms of serving customers, teamwork and leadership," Lee said.

Cub Scout den leader Jim Roseborough, whose 10-year-old son has been involved in Scouting for four years, said the beautiful weather brought a lot of people out over the first weekend.

IF YOU GO
What: Piedmont Scouts Christmas Tree Lot
Where: Coaches Field, 890 Moraga Ave., Piedmont
Hours: 4 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays
Deliveries available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends
Service: Free fresh cutting and car loading
Information: 510-655-8902