Texoma Christmas Tree Farm Keeping Tradition Alive

Brushy Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Bowie was very busy this weekend. Owners said many people were under the impression they lost their trees because of the drought, but that's not the case.

It's the sound of crackling leaves, the smell of Pine and most of all the tradition of picking out and sometimes chopping down your coveted Christmas tree that keeps Texomans coming back for more.

"It was a tradition of ours when I was younger in Washington," said Jill Howard. "I would much rather cut one down than buy one from a store anytime."

"My husband decided this year we're going to get a real Christmas tree and also
for our kids to experience it too,' said Jessica Baker from Decatur.

The trees are plush and ripe and ready for use. Even customers notice the difference from last year.

"They seem fuller this year. The trees that we cut down they seem a whole lot better," said Howard.

Some took just a few years to grow, and others nearly a decade. Despite the lack of rain, they're green.

"This year is going to be a lot better especially since we had more rain this year compared to last year's drought," said Owner of Brushy Creek Farms, David Conovaloff. "Last year during the drought, even though I watered them, I still lost quite a few trees. Probably 10 to 20 percent of them, but the ones that survived survived real well."

Hundreds of trees fill the farm. It's no easy task keeping up maintenance, especially the money spent watering the trees when rain never came. Still David said it's a small price to pay to give people a tree farm experience.

"We have people coming back year after year that say 'We were here last year, the year before we got a tree, we enjoyed it and we'll be back next year.'"
If these last three days prove to be an indicator of this year's sales, things are off to a smooth start.

David said to keep up with watering the trees he uses a drip irrigation system.

The farm is open Thursday through Monday 12 to 5 at  2854 FM 3043 in Bowie. It offers a variety of trees. There is also a wagon/train ride for children.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.