For the Creel family, coming to the Holly Berry Hills Christmas Tree Farm is an annual tradition both parents and kids look forward to. The Creel family says, "Probably about five years now we’ve been coming out here, since he was real little."
Memories are made as the father son duo cut down the tree, kicking off the Creel’s Christmas holiday season. The Creel family also says, "The day after Thanksgiving or the Saturday after we come out every year, and since he’s the oldest, he gets to cut it down."
Of course there are artificial trees at the store, but some south Mississippi families go the extra mile to get the real thing. Larry Haley, owner of Holly Berry Hills Christmas Tree Farm, says, "They come back every year because of that smell. They smell it, they see it, it’s just a tradition of coming back, and it’s family oriented, and they want to keep on doing the traditional thing of coming out and cutting a Christmas tree."
When families pick a tag off a tree, they’re not only picking their favorite tree to bring home for Christmas, but they’re choosing to support a local, family owned farm as well. Haley also says, "I always say, ‘Support your local farmer.’ We grow these trees right here in south Mississippi. They’re growing in the ground. You can’t find a fresher tree, but support your local farmer, because they’re really out there working and there’s not a lot of money in this and there’s a lot of labor, so it’s labor and love."
Many more families will scope out the farm as they too make the trip for the perfect live Christmas tree, a popular search rooted in family tradition. The Holly Berry Hills Christmas Tree Farm is open weekdays and is located off Highway 67 in Saucier.