Families keep tree farm tradition

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - Now that thanksgiving is over, many East Texans are looking forward to the tradition of finding the family Christmas tree. Danville Tree Farm in Kilgore is a place for families looking for that special tree.

"We love Christmas trees and getting fresh ones and wanted to cut our own, and so we started this tradition after learning about Danville farms through some friends," Tamryn Weber said.

For the Ferguson family from Longview, its a three generation tradition.

"This is a good time to come out here with your family, its a good outdoor activity you know just come out here and cut a tree down to soon be part of the family," Robert Ferguson said.

It's not so much about the price of the tree or even what it looks like. It's more about families just spending time together. For some, it sets the tone for their holiday season.

"Doing fun stuff like hopping on a tractor and going on a hay ride, picking a tree, that's stuff we're going to remember for a long time. And I don't think we would have remembered getting up early to go shopping in the same way," John Weber said.

And it maybe confirms what's truly important.

"For us the decorating and being together is a little more important than maybe the gifts and the stuff. I think Christmas, for us, is more a time of family and being together," John said.

Workers at Danville farms said they have sold as many as 300 trees to families on the day after Thanksgiving. And some of the families have been going there for over 30 years.

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