It's that "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" once again - time to break out the decorations, the ornaments, the lights and most importantly the Christmas tree! If you are like me, I like to alternate between my faux pre-lit 8-foot spruce tree with a real pine tree.

The demand for a traditional real tree is ever increasing as most people such as myself enjoy the family togetherness of looking for that special one. The one that will provide hours of conversation and will fill the room with that Christmas smell that you can only get with a real Christmas tree. Sure, it takes a little maintenance, but we have you covered with plenty of tips here. You know, just keeping it watered and occasionally sweeping up loose pine needles, but it is well worth the effort.

More and more, Texarkana is seeing tree farms popping up not just out in the country but in the city as well, with relatively low and competitive prices based on size, type and in some cases girth, of the traditional Christmas tree.

We already know you can buy both real and lifelike Christmas trees at both Lowes and The Home Depot. Just click on the links and you can shop until you drop.

But if you want to patronize our local independently-owned Christmas tree farms, here are a few stops you might want to make. Try Evergreen Christmas Tree located at Farm 6702 Richmond Road, Texarkana, Texas 75503. They have a massive variety of trees and prices to suit your budget. If you are unfamiliar with their location, punch the address into your GPS.

Twitty Nursery, (903) 838-5591, is located at 4815 W. 7th St.,Texarkana, Texas 75501 is a good stop too. They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon.

If you live closer to Central Mall you might want to check out the Optomist Club Tree Lot, (903) 832-2503, at 2400 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, Texas 75503.

My suggestion is to call ahead to ask questions about trees that may be available and to get pricing. In some cases, you can have your traditional Christmas tree delivered for a small fee. So gather the family up and take a ride to find your special Christmas tree and happy holidays!




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