Oh Tannenbaum

For many years, I’ve struggled with the idea of a real Christmas tree vs. a fake Christmas tree. Intellectually, I can see the value of a fake tree…no needles on the floor, one time purchasing cost, pre-strung lights, no tree cut down for my pleasure. But my heart, my heart is another story. My heart just won’t get behind the idea of a fake tree. I have too many memories tied to real trees. I finally found a place to buy my tree last year that satisfies my craving for a gorgeous tree and lets me feel like I’m doing some good.

Last year, I bought our tree from Tommy Burleson and Sons Christmas tree lot. Tommy Burleson is a former NC State basketball player and a member of the 1972 Olympic team. Tommy Burleson now has a Christmas Tree Farm in Avery County North Carolina that produces the most gorgeous trees around. But, what makes Tommy Burleson trees really special is what he does with the profits from his Christmas Tree farms. Tommy Burleson has used the profits from his Christmas Tree farm to build hospitals in Africa and Tommy Burleson Ministries partners with Fletcher Presbyterian Church to support Dr. Nagy a doctor in Africa.

Somehow, knowing the money made when I buy a real Christmas is going to do good in a part of the world that desperately needs it makes me feel better. Knowing that I’ve played a small part in helping to support hospitals and medical care for people that might otherwise go without is enough for me to continue my real Christmas tree habit for many years to come.

If you’re in the Triangle area and need a Christmas tree, stop by the Tommy Burleson and Sons Christmas tree lot which is located right next to the Fellowship of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 1788 Kildaire Farm Road. You’ll get a gorgeous tree and do a little bit of good at the same time.


*In 2011, the people manning the Tommy Burleson and Sons lot gave me a discount on my tree in agreement for me writing an honest review of their lot. All opinions expressed are completely honest and 100% my own.

12 Responses to Oh Tannenbaum
  1. Sam
    December 6, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    Huh, seems like a good place to get my tree this year.

  2. Shelly
    December 6, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    Your tree looks great! I much prefer a fresh tree over a fake one. This year we purchased a small tree and I think I will go back to a taller one next year.
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  3. Justine
    December 6, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    what a great way to give back while getting your tree! Wish I lived in the area, too!! 🙂
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  4. Carolyn Savage
    December 6, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Kristin…I am right there with you in the love/hate relationship I have with my live tree. I agree, the clean up is a drag, but if I could trek all the way to your neck of the woods, I’d definitely buy one at Tom Burleson’s lot. A live tree plus supporting a great cause….how could you go wrong with that? Merry Christmas!
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  5. Lori Lavender Luz
    December 6, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    I can almost smell those pine needles from here…..yummmmmmm….
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  6. Becky
    December 6, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    Sounds like there is no place better to get a Christmas tree! You have to appreciate an organization like that…they are truely living up to what this season is supposed to be about.

  7. m.
    December 6, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    I’m real tree all the way. And yours looks gorgeous. But I do get a pang thinking of a tree coming down for my pleasure…looks like you have found a great way to balance the equation. A fantastic idea.
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  8. Kathy
    December 6, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    That is so awesome! I always had a live tree growing up, but since we had children my family bought a fake tree. I sometimes miss the smell and uniqueness of having a real one, but appreciate not having the mess and being able to leave our tree up longer. Thank you for sharing!
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  9. Kristi
    December 6, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    I too LOVE a real Christmas tree in the house. I totally love that you found a place where you can get a GORGEOUS (and local to NC) tree while helping a great cause at the same time. What a great example of spreading the real spirit of the holiday season! (other friends would ask that I also include the bonus NC State connection)
    Makes me they were also in the eastern part of the state.
    There is also the little issue of Mittens, ninja tree climber furball who forces me to have a fake tree that is safe from her attacks.

  10. Keiko
    December 6, 2012 | 7:41 pm

    As a Jew-by-choice who grew up with Christmas, letting go of the Christmas tree tradition has been the hardest. Although, never grew up with a live tree. We had the same old busted artificial tree for as long as I can remember. After I left for college, my parents got lazy and stopped putting it up; they put Christmas lights on the fake ficus tree that held the spot the other 11 months of the year instead 😉
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  11. luna
    December 6, 2012 | 8:48 pm

    love the good they do with the profits! sounds like a wonderful place to support.
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  12. Ty's
    December 9, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    It’s nice that Mr. Burleson chooses to give back in such a positive manner. I’m sure his efforts have done a lot of great things!

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