Each Christmas, I rally up the troops of our family of six to find a Christmas tree for us to decorate and enjoy for the holiday season.
This post is sponsored by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own.
Each year as my children grow, I reflect on earlier years when they were tiny or not walking. With my first son, we cut down our first Christmas tree with my in-laws on the coldest day when he was about one month old. I remember having him all bundled up in this sack like outfit, where all the warmth had him fall fast asleep.
We usually go the weekend of Thanksgiving or the weekend after, and you never know what kind of weather you will get here in Tennessee. That year in 2010, was the coldest to memory and most since then have been mild days where we didn’t even have to wear coats.
We’ve traveled all over visiting the Christmas Tree Farms here in East Tennessee from North Knoxville to Greenback.
When going to cut a real Christmas tree, you are supporting local business owners. I know we may not think of them in this category, but they are local farmers with family. By holding this tradition with our family and creating memories, we are also supporting small business owners and putting money back in to our local communities. We have met the most precious Christmas Tree farmers over the years, and even their family members that keep the farm going through the next generation.
I hope this holiday season, you spend time taking in your family and creating memories. In a time of such uncertainty, the one constant is our family and friends.
The joy of running through a real Christmas Tree Farm is a memory that a child carries with them as an adult and one that they may be a tradition they continue with their own children. The smell of the trees, the crispness of the air, and maybe even a hot chocolate or apple cider to warm up after the journey. The best part is for every real Christmas tree farmers harvest, they plant at least one new tree.
Wanting to find a local tree farm near you? Go to this website, and use their real tree locator to enter your zip code to find a farm near you!
This interactive map and search filters can help you find a real Christmas tree no matter where you live and like to shop:
- Choose and Cut Farms
- Seasonal Lots
- Garden Centers
- General Retailers
- Home Improvement Stores