While the weather turns colder and exams draw closer, the countdown to the holidays begins. As the Christmas season soon approaches, I want to focus on one aspect of agriculture in the holiday season.
Perhaps the most iconic symbol of this holiday is the Christmas tree. For decades, families have been gathering around the tree to trim it with lights and ornaments and place neatly-wrapped gifts underneath.
In our culture today, it is extremely common to purchase an artificial and reusable Christmas tree. Having used both natural and artificial trees in the past, a real tree seems to add more character to the Christmas season. The sweet smell of an evergreen fills the home for weeks and tree needles fall on the tree skirt below. Little traces such as these remind me of my childhood Christmas celebrations and how each detail remains significant.
As Christmas approaches, I encourage you to buy a real Christmas tree. Not only is it an opportunity to participate in agriculture but purchasing an authentic Christmas tree usually provides a memorable experience. Whether you chop down the tree yourself or not, getting to hand-pick the perfect tree adds to the holiday spirit.
Although Christmas tree farms are typically located in rural areas, many operations now have locations within the city where customers can purchase their tree. Because of this availability, there has been a resurgence of consumers who want to experience the joys of a Christmas tree farm firsthand.
Christmas tree farms and selling locations are located all across the state of Tennessee, so this season, I encourage you to consider buying an authentic tree. If you have done so in the past, what was your experience like in picking out your tree?