Christmas tree lots opened around Lynchburg this weekend and many were out buying their trees. With Thanksgiving falling a week early this year, some think it’s too early for putting up the tree. What’s your tradition?
Do you create a themed tree with only one or two colors, buying new ornaments each year? Or does your family pull down the old heirloom ornaments each year and relive memories as you hang them on the tree?
Will you use colored or white lights on the tree and in the yard? Do you put a lot of decorations out in your yard or just a few? Is the inside of your house decked from floor to ceiling or do you only put up a tree?
Will you put up a nativity scene in your house or will your decorations be more secular? Do you put a nativity scene in your yard?
These questions and more will be faced by local families this week and in the coming weeks. Often, the woman of the house makes the decision about all decorating, whether in the house or outdoors.
I visited tree lots on the west side of Lynchburg to see what’s out there. Fraser Firs are the tree of choice this year at many of the tree lots. Today, I am featuring Gary’s Garden Center in Forest, where there’s a Christmas tree to suit every taste. Stay tuned for information about other tree lots in the Lynchburg area.
At Gary’s Garden Center, 5169 Waterlick Road, the entire spectrum of Christmas trees is on site. You will find cut Fraser Firs of various heights, all grown in Virginia.
You can also buy a live balled and burlapped Christmas tree to plant after the season. These trees include White Pine, Blue Spruce, Sapphire Spruce, Leyland Cypress and Alberta Spruce, all grown within our area. Trees range from $25-$100, depending on size and fullness.
You will also find roping, wreaths and crosses at Gary’s. Indoors at Gary’s, it’s a Christmas wonderland with decorated trees, many ornaments including military and Civil War ornaments, poinsettias of all colors and much more.
You can walk into many stores and find great Christmas decorating ideas. You can also find a wide selection of decorations ranging from the giant Christmas balls to hang in your yard or from the ceiling to the smallest fragile balls for tabletop trees.
Colored and white lights of all sizes adorn trees in stores. What’s your choice and on what do you base that choice? Take a walk around Gary’s Garden Center and maybe your choice will be made.
Gary’s is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.
Whether or not you’re ready for Christmas, the slow march toward Dec. 25 will quickly become a marathon for many families. Enjoy making Christmas memories with your family.