Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Liberty County
As soon as the Thanksgiving meals end, the Christmas season can officially begin! For most, Thanksgiving weekend is when they break out all of their Christmas décor and get to work. Picking out a tree, stringing the lights and hanging the stockings on the mantle just bring so much joy to all.
A big family tradition amongst many in Liberty County is heading to Brewer’s Christmas Tree-Blueberry Farm to select and cut down their special tree. On the weekends, hayrides are available to explore the property. Brewer’s offers two types of trees: Leyland Cypress and Fraser Fir. The Leyland Cypress is a great non-allergenic tree because it does not drop needles, it does not produce sap and it has limited aroma. Fraser Firs are a fragrant evergreen tree; that have great needle retention.
Brewer’s will supply you the saw and gloves to go out to find the right tree. If you need assistance cutting one down, they have a great crew available.
Once you have selected and cut down your chosen tree. They will shake, wrap and help you load up your tree into your vehicle. Be sure to let them know if you need a hole drilled into your tree trunk for the stand, so they can do that for you as well!
Another part of the Brewer’s experience is checking out their Christmas Shop. Here they have lots of homemade jams, jellies, raw honey and gifts. You will definitely want to take some of those home with you.
Once you get your tree home, here are a few tips on how to best care for it:
- Trim the trunk. It needs to be a straight cut across the trunk to aid with water absorption.
- Find a stand that fits your tree. Brewer’s has them available for purchase in their Christmas shop. The tree stand should be able to hold at least a gallon of water. It is important to make sure to keep the stand filled with water. Trees can absorb about a gallon of water in the first couple days. Keeping the tree water prevents the needles from drying out and dropping off. You definitely don’t want that happening before Santa arrives.
- Keep your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, airducts and stoves.
- Make sure you unplug your lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Once it is time to take down your tree, make sure to take all the ornaments and lights off. You can recycle it at Keep Liberty Beautiful’s event “Bring One for the Chipper”. They will be
collecting live trees from December 26th through January 8th. To find a drop off location nearest you, click here.
Now that your Christmas tree is taken care of, it is time to decorate your front door! Wreaths are a simple yet beautiful way to decorate. Brewer’s does have wreaths made from fresh cuttings and holly available at their Christmas Shop. Stacy’s Florist, Florabelle Florist and Gifts and Bradberry Farms are a few local florists that offer gorgeous wreaths and holiday arrangements. Their wreaths and arrangements not only make great décor but are sure to be a gift of joy to friends or family.
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with lots of yummy food, quality time with family and friends and lots of Christmas decorating!