Real Christmas Trees in the North Georgia Mountains: Celebrate Holiday Season and Support Local Farmers and Communities.
Real Christmas Trees in the North Georgia Mountains
For many, no celebration of the holidays would be complete without a fully adorned and brightly lit evergreen proudly displayed in the living room. In fact, tree lighting ceremonies have become major events in many US cities as a precursor to the gift-giving season. But just how did a decidedly outdoor conifer become such an indoor centerpiece? The theories and the debate are myriad. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the first documented record of a decorated Christmas Tree comes from Riga, Latvia in 1510. But some argue that the history of decorated evergreen trees goes back thousands of years to when early pagans in Europe decorated their homes and celebrated the winter solstice with evergreen trees, holly and mistletoe to brighten their spirits during the darkness and cold of winter.
Regardless of the original intent, it’s quite clear that the Christmas Tree is here to stay. The NCTA estimates between 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the US each year, the vast majority of which are produced by US farmers. Most artificial Christmas trees are manufactured in China and other foreign countries.
If you are looking for a real Christmas tree, there are several area Christmas tree farms in our vicinity where you can choose and cut your own tree, and many other locales that have already done the work of cutting for you. You might want to check out Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, Holly Hill Tree Farm in Dahlonega or even Friendship Valley Christmas Tree Farm just across the South Carolina State line in Seneca, SC. If you’re headed up Highway 441 North to North Carolina, the country’s third largest producer of Real Christmas Trees, we recommend Osage Farms with a local tree stand at their roadside farm location here on 441 in Rabun County featuring trees from their own tree farm in Scaly Mountain, NC.
Make your holidays a family fun event and support a hard-working local farmer by visiting a tree farm nearby and picking out (and maybe even cutting!) your own real Christmas tree. Stop by and see us at Beechwood Inn if you need a place to stay while you’re in our neck of the woods or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list. Beechwood Inn wines are perfect stocking stuffers for wine lovers and we also have a nice selection of wine-themed gifts and gourmet food items to choose from. Hey, how about a gift certificate for someone who would really appreciate your thoughtfulness? Looking forward to seeing you!
by Vicki De Martinez