DENISON, TX -- They come in all shapes and sizes. Most are green, others are white, silver, sometimes even made of metal. They are Christmas trees, a big part of the holiday season. In an age when many yuletide evergreens are artificial, some families say there's nothing like decorating a freshly cut tree.
Virginia Pine and Leyland Cyprus trees cover a field at the Elves Christmas tree farm. For eight years, these trees help make families Christmas traditions complete.
"So much of it is about the experience. It's almost like we're in the mountains or on the east coast, but really we're in Texas," says the Domen family, who donned their winter hats and coats to pick their tree.
Visitors come from all around to pick one of owner Marshall Cathey's home grown trees. He says there's a tree for everyone. The Cyprus trees are even hypo-allergenic. The staff helps guests choose and cut down their very own tree, but Cathey says the best part of running the business is helping families get in the holiday spirit.
"We try to give families a good place to get away from reality for a little bit and go and relax and do like they did in the old days,” he says. “They used to go out into the mountains or pasture and cut down a tree and we give people that opportunity to have a little family time and bond."
Patrons say visiting the farm is a special experience saying they don't even feel like they're in Texas when choosing a tree.
"It's just so beautiful here and it's just kind of a fun little retreat to kind of come out and feel like we're in the middle of the woods and picking out our own tree and cutting it down."
As these elves help load this evergreen onto the family car, they know they've given Santa the perfect place for the gifts this Christmas.
The Elves Christmas Tree Farm will be open on weekends until Christmas. He and his staff welcome visitors to come pick out a tree. Visitors can also enjoy cider by the fire and stop by the petting zoo while there.