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GREAT GIFTS TO GIVE AND TO GET

POINSETTIAS - You just can't go wrong with a traditional poinsettia gift. This year, give them a blooming gift they are sure to love. This Christmas flower comes in a variety of sizes and colors from red to white to even our exclusive painted poinsettias, embellished with glitter.

HEIRLOOM ORNAMENTS ~ 757 Collection - Celebrate Hampton Roads with this exclusive collection of ornaments. These two-sided, glass ornaments are intricately hand-painted celebrating all the cities of Hampton Roads. These keepsakes will be the highlight of any tree and are available for a limited time.

HOSTESS GIFTS - Don't show up empty handed to your holiday gathertings. Say thank you to that special host with unique wine tags, tea towels or candles.

LIVING ORNAMENTS - Make their Christmas come alive with a living ornament to adorn their tree or display on an ornament stand all through winter. With a beautiful glass orb, they can continue to fill their ornament from their very own garden with berry-producing shrubs and evergreens.

LOCAL JAMS, JELLIES & BUTTERS - Crafted locally from Virginia grown produce, these products offer the utmost quality at an affordable price. Our jams, jellies and butters are produced using the finest ingredients with methods established in the 1920’s. When you taste these jams and jellies you will experience vintage flavors in every bite. Taste the home-grown local goodness and give them a delectable treat.

ROSEMARY CONES - A rosemary cone will add warmth and fresh fragrance to your holidays. With a festive wrap, these tabletop plants add splashes of color and shimmering accents throughout the holiday season and are a beloved holiday gift idea.

GLOVES & TOOLS - The perfect gift for the gardener, gloves and tools never go out of style and always can be used. These make great stocking stuffers!

McDONALD GIFT PLANTS - These custom arrangements mix everyday plants with beloved holiday plants like poinsettias and Norfolk Island pines. Hand-selected and assembled in our greenhouse, these holiday arrangements will surely make someone's Christmas sparkle and shine.

HERB GARDEN MARKERS - Herbs such as basil, mint, thyme, rosemary and oregano are hardy and attractive herbs that can be grown indoors during the winter. Keep in pots indoors or transfer to the garden once the weather warms ups. Give these cute and attractive herb markers in a nice wood box for a great gift.

McDONALD GIFT CARDS - Give them the gift of choice. A gift card can be purchased in any amount from $10 to $300 at any McDonald location or online. The gift card can be redeemed at any McDonald location or can be used for landscape services. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about a size or color.

GARDEN STATUARY - With a wide assortment of statuary available, you can choose from something small to large, that fits any space and style. This keepsake will remind your special someone they are special all year long.

BIRDING ESSENTIALS - Still looking for that unique gift for the person on your list that has everything? Drop in and checkout the selection of bird feeders, birdhouses and birdbaths. Bird watching is one of America's fastest-growing hobbies, and backyard bird feeding is a convenient way to enjoy these fine-feathered friends. Surveys reveal that nearly half the households in the United States provide food for wild birds.

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The Real Thing

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR FRESH-CUT CHRISTMAS TREE LAST LONGER

How much of the trunk should be cut off before setting up the tree?
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that's needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.

What is the minimum amount of water a tree stand should hold?
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.

If the base of the trunk has a split, will this affect the quality of the tree?
It should not affect the ability of the tree to take up water, assuming a fresh cut is made on the base, nor have any effect on how long the tree lasts after it is displayed.

What precautions should I take when decorating a live tree?
Christmas trees do not start fires, people do. Here are some helpful hints so that you and your family can enjoy the Christmas season and your Fraser Fir to the fullest.

  • Check all electric lights and connections before decorating. Don't use any lights with worn or frayed cords.
  • NEVER use lighted candles on your tree.
  • Don't overload the electrical outlets.
  • Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets, and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry out your tree.
  • Always make sure that your tree has plenty of water to prevent drying.
  • ALWAYS turn off all decorations before going to bed at night or anytime that you leave home.

How do I keep my tree fresh longer?
Make sure you never let the water level go below the base of the tree. Some people put an aspirin in the water to help keep it fresh. Some also add Ginger Ale, Sprite, or another similar soda drink (fizzy lemonade) to feed their tree.

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A Christmas Tradition

THE FRASER FIR

Bring the family out to experience your local Christmas Shoppe as you select the perfect family tree this year! Available from 2 feet all the way up to 12 feet.

The Fraser fir was named for John Fraser, a Scottish botanist who explored the southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the late 1700s. It is a pyramid-shaped tree that reaches a maximum height of 80 feet and a trunk diameter of 1-1/2 feet. The species is sometimes called Southern balsam or Southern balsam fir.

The Fraser fir grows naturally only in the southern Appalachians, above 3,000 feet. The cool temperatures and lots of rainfall of the North Carolina High Country are what causes the Fraser fir to keep its needles throughout the Christmas season. The strong branches are turned slightly upward which gives the tree a compact appearance and makes it perfect for decorating.

Over 50 million Fraser firs are grown in North Carolina on 25,000 acres for use as Christmas trees, and the Fraser fir represents over 90% of all the trees grown in North Carolina as Christmas trees. Christmas Trees haven't always been a Christmas Tradition. No one really knows who put up the first Christmas tree, but some historians believe that even the Egyptians and Romans used some form of an evergreen to decorate their homes in late December.

What a treasure to purchase a tree grown this close to home! When you purchase a McDonald tree, they come straight from the farm in North Carolina so this Christmas icon will stay fresh and looking good all season long.

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