It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Of course, here in the High Country that was true even before the season’s first snowfall. Indeed, it’s true all year ‘round.

It’s true because we live in the land of the Christmas tree. Fraser firs dot our landscape January through December, providing at least a spark of seasonal anticipation even in the throes of a Watauga summer.

And it’s especially true now, when truckloads of trees have been leaving the mountain for months, and carloads of visitors have been arriving en masse to select a perfect centerpiece to adorn home and hearth between now and the final day of the 12 days of Christmas.

This weekend will see the closure of most, if not all, of the few choose-and-cut farms still open for the season; and so this is the perfect time to say, thank you.

To all of the farm owners and operators, to those who maintain the fields day in and day out, those who drove the tractor for hayrides and those who made sure the hot chocolate was at the ready — thank you.

Each of you working through often much-less-than-ideal conditions made more than a sale with each Christmas tree sold. You made memories, and those that will last through generations.

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