Choosing and cutting down your own Christmas tree a tradition for many

Selecting the perfect tree to take home for the holidays is just part of the experience offered at Christmas tree farms across the state. The closest east metro farm is Berry's Farm in Almon, and it is a popular stop for area residents.

A visit to a Christmas tree farm for many has become a family tradition which includes the aroma of evergreens, refreshments and happy children running about.

And, of course, the main event is finding that perfect tree to decorate this year.

"The big advantage is just knowing when it's cut," said Chuck Berry, who serves as Georgia director of the National Christmas Tree Association. "You actually get to pick out your own tree, in your own size and most farms have several varieties to choose from. So you get to customize it for your needs at your home."

Some of Georgia's farms offer pictures with Santa and many participate in the Trees for Troops program which provides Christmas trees to families of service members deployed overseas.

Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said the on-farm experience families get when selecting their tree is an added bonus.

"Christmas is a special time of year ad many families cherish the tradition of choosing and cutting their own tree," Duvall said. "At the same time, we hope those visits generate an appreciation for farming."

To find one of the nine GFB Certified Farm Markets that grow and sell Christmas trees, visit www.gfb.org/commodities or call the Farm Bureau at 800-898-1911, ext. 5212.