Keep your Christmas tree fresh, green and healthy all through the holidays.
For Kama Bozeman, winter certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. “Nothing smells better or gets you into the Christmas spirit faster than a real tree in your home,” says Kama, who along with her husband, Chuck, runs YesterLand Farm in Canton, Texas, giving customers some 6,000 farm-grown Christmas trees to choose from.
“Customer satisfaction is a top priority, but we’re not in competition with the big retailers,” Kama says. “Instead, we’re all about providing the experience, tradition and family time together to make a lasting memory. ‘Trees for the season, memories for a lifetime’ is our slogan.”
Kama believes in the importance of celebrating with a real tree and hopes she can inspire others to create their own memories around their tree. “The Christmas tree is the center of family gatherings for the season,” she says. “Each tree has a unique personality that you bring to life with your favorite ornaments. It’s more than a decoration. It’s a family tradition.”
Kama’s Christmas Tree Care Tips:
- Check the size by standing next to it. Make sure the tree’s shape will fit your room’s space.
- Buy fresh—run your hands over the needles to make sure they’re attached.
- Cut the trunk about ½ inch from the bottom before placing the tree in a stand. This removes the sap seal and allows it to draw water.
- Water the tree as soon as possible.
- Lower the temperature in the room and use low-heat tree lights to minimize drying.
- Avoid heat sources near the tree. Place it away from vents, heaters, direct sunlight and fireplaces.
- Turn tree lights off before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Make cleanup easy. Place an inexpensive tree removal bag under the skirt. Just pull the bag up over the tree before you remove it.
For more tips on caring for your tree, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.
Story by Lisa Regall, Contributing Editor. Photography by Jim Wieland.