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Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm keeps family tradition going

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Lauren Booth says her grandfather started growing the first trees in back in 1962, and her family has continued planting them ever since. She says taking care of them is challenging, and maintaining each tree is a year round job.

The Booths are also members of the Christmas Tree Association, where they will meet with other growers in the area twice a year, going over ways to improve the holiday tradition.

"They're a reusable resource. And for every tree that we cut, we plant three," Booth said about why buying real trees is better than plastic ones. She also said the pine smell alone is enough to go natural, and that picking a tree with your loved ones is a great way to get in to the holiday spirit.  

"It keeps the families traditions going basically," Booth added. "This is a family tradition for us and we're here to provide that for other families. That way they can keep their traditions going and celebrate Christmas the way it was meant to be celebrated."

Hundreds of people came by the farm for this Black Friday, including Blake Lanford, a director with Clemson Extension, who works with land owners and farm owners on improving the agriculture in the area. However, today he says he was simply a family man, taking his wife and daughter hunting for the perfect Christmas tree.

“I'm trying to build traditions with my little girl. I always remembered going to the farm to get a Christmas tree and I want her to experience the same thing," Lanford said.

The Booth Christmas Tree Farm also serves as an attraction, with hay rides and games for the kids, as well as a gift shop where locals can come and sell their crafts.

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