Whether freshly cut, conveniently sitting at the supermarket or out of a box, Christmas trees aren’t hard to find this time of year.
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, Christmas tree farms like A&A Christmas Trees in Okatie, 42 Old Cooler Circle, and The Family Tree Christmas Tree Farm on Lady’s Island, 110 Trotter’s Loop, opened up for holiday business. Many families still prefer to go out and cut down their own tree as part of the experience.
The Rembold family set out to find the perfect Christmas tree on Sunday at The Family Tree. For now, they will just tag it, mom Heather said. They’ll come back to pick it up to bring home and decorate once school lets out for the holiday break. For this family, a real tree is part of the tradition. “They’re a lot more fun than artificial trees” and make for good firewood afterward in addition to being “prettier” and “awesomer” by far, the kids said.
The Family Tree owner Milledge Morris is a full supporter of having a real Christmas tree in the house. He said the smell of cedar never fails to bring him back to his first Christmas tree that his dad cut down from the woods. “The smell just sticks with you.”
In a rush to get a tree? Many grocery stores and home improvement stores also will have a selection of pre-cut trees sitting outside the store.
No time to take care of a tree? Go artificial. They don’t have that pine smell, but there’s less care and cleanup involved. Artificial trees are available bare, fully decorated and everything in between, so if you can’t stand untangling those lights you put away last year, pick out an artificial tree that just needs to be plugged in to light up your home.
Any way you choose to celebrate, it’s sure to be merry.