Some Residents Skipped the Shopping and Instead, Got Their Christmas Tree Early

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Updated: 11/29/2013 8:34 pm
Patrick Garrett, a resident, says, "If you get them (Christmas trees) at the store, you don't get the nice home scent of the tree being cut down and the kids can’t enjoy coming out and picking their own." While some are shopping, others are chopping, kicking off the holiday season with a family tradition, an experience that is particularly special for the family of Patrick Garrett. Garrett also says, "It was quite an experience for us because I just got back from deployment, so me and the family wanted to do something together." There are over 1,000 trees ready for picking here at the Holly Berry Hills Tree Farm. Even though Christmas is over a month away, people are still getting their trees early in the name of tradition. Gina Hobby, another resident, says, "It’s just so much more fun than going to Lowe's. It’s tradition. You get to walk around and drink hot chocolate. It's a tradition, and they have a really fun goat this year. He talks to you. It's just fun. We've been doing it since my little boy was two and he’s 15 now.” Ana Ortiz, another resident, says, "It's like having a homemade meal. It's not real and from the heart unless it's homemade, so having a real tree cut down and going to get it is like having a real tree and really bringing out the time of the year." This time of year is for family and building memories. Garrett says, "We just enjoyed ourselves because it's something we can share with the kids for the rest of our life."

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