Several Christmas tree farms are within a short drive of Calhoun, including Carney Farms in Sonoraville.
“The trees are all (pre-cut) and set up so you can see exactly what you’re getting,” said Charity Carney of Carney Farms.
The farm is located at 595 Wesley Chapel Road beside the Sonoraville Recreation Department.
Trees range in size from 5-feet to upward of 12-feet and range in price from $35-$75, Carney said.
The farm is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:15 p.m., Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
Carney Farms can be reached at 706- 264-5730.
A little up the road in Tunnel Hill is Wheeler’s Christmas Tree Farm. Wheeler’s is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. They can be reached at 706-463-1924.
Other Christmas tree farm locations can be found here: www.gacta.com/Finders/memberlist
Larger retailers like Wal-Mart, Lowes and Home Depot typically carry both live and artificial trees.
Buying the live tree is typically half the battle. Taking care of them and preventing hazards are important parts as well.
Believe it or not, live Christmas trees are the top fire instigators during the holiday season, according to information from the National Fire Protection Association and Gordon County Fire Department.
And according to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than $1 billion in damages annually are attributable to holiday fires — not to mention 1,500 injuries and 400 deaths as well.
Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association and Gordon County Fire Department to help everyone avoid any mishaps this year:
“To test a freshly cut tree, bounce the trunk on the ground. A circle of dry needles underneath is a sure sign to steer clear, as this tree has been cut to long ago to remain fresh.”
Also, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that when hanging Christmas lights:
Some other valuable tips for holiday safety can be found here: www.nfpa.org