Cutting Down your own Christmas Tree

November 26, 2005 -- Posted at 5:38 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- With Thanksgiving come and gone it's time to start getting ready to decorate for Christmas.  Before you can start decorating you need a Christmas tree.  “For as long as I can remember we've always had a real Christmas tree… we've never had a fake one.  And it makes it more special to come out here and cut one down,” said Jana Hutchison.


“We have had artificial trees but we don’t use them.  We used the tree one year, that's all.   We just didn’t like them like we like the real thing,” said Horice George.


Rocky Clements, owner of the Southridge Christmas Tree Plantation said it's because of tradition that he started this farm, “Growing up we used to go out in the country and cut a Christmas tree down and I got used to the tradition of having a real tree and having the fun of going out and getting one.  When Christmas tree farms became popular I thought it would be fun to have one.”  


There are hundreds of trees here to choose from and with three different varieties you and your family are sure to find one that's perfect for you. 


“A lot of it has to do with the smell because it makes the whole house start smelling like Christmas.  It's just what I’ve always done so if we didn't have one it wouldn't feel as much like Christmas,” said Hutchison.  


Clements says some of the real trees sold at different stores have been cut for a while and are already dried out by the time you take them home.  “The farm trees that you cut and take home with you last longer stay fresher and smell a lot stronger.”  


The Southridge Christmas Tree Plantation is located south of the Highway 63 bypass in Jonesboro.  For more information call Rocky Clements at 933-8177