FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE? FAUX OR FOR REAL?

CHRISTMAS TREE POLL – DAVIS COUNTY

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CHRISTMAS TREE POLL – WEBER COUNTY

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Faux or Fake Christmas tree was ultimately the winner over real trees, in both Davis and Weber county, interesting even more so in Davis county.  Christmas traditions start with the main decoration of the tree.  There are so many ways to play out this tradition and whatever works best for you and your family is the right way.

When purchasing a real tree at the local seasonal tree companies, you give back to your community.  Many of these companies make it worth the extra costs of the tree by offering hot cocoa, candy canes and entertainment for a fun family event, plus saving you gas money.   Verses the drive in the mountains to find the perfect tree, purchasing a forest service tag, tools to cut the tree and haul it home, but the time spent driving together singing Christmas songs and the effort cutting it together, is bonding and priceless.  Funny stories about real trees are that some come with bugs or baby spiders that hatch as it warms up in your house, eek.  Or it dries out so fast that all the needles and even ordainments are on the ground by Christmas.

Anyone can purchase a Faux tree, there are many sales right after Christmas at the local discount stores.  Even better search your local DI or confinement stores for slightly used trees.  You may have to re-light it or do some small repairs but the price can’t be beat, if your willing to do the work.  For sure fake trees do save time, which gets very limited with all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings.

The most important thing is setting the family tradition to be past on for generations.  It is OK to test and try new ways and look back in your past to discover what you liked most about Christmas time.  It doesn’t always have to be just like how your parents did it or how your neighbors are doing it, just have fun in creating a Christmas tree family tradition in your home and the choice is yours!

List of local Christmas tree farms to get started:

Davis County:

Green Ridge Christmas Trees, 1370 N. US 89, Kaysville; 801-513-1861

  • Open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 27; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29; 5 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 18, depending on inventory
  • Price: $45 and up depending on type and height
  • Types of trees: Precut Nordman, Noble and grand firs, with a limited selection of spruces to cut

Neville Farm Christmas Trees, 1875 W. 1000 South (westside Drive), Layton, UT 84041; 801-544-9401

  • Open: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Willing to accommodate for other times, call Donald at 801-390-4823 except Sundays for appointments
  • Will have about 100 nice trees from four to eight feet tall, with the majority being five to six feet tall. $50 for each tree
  • You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine.

Morgan County:

Robinson’s Tree Farm, 6262 West Old Highway Road, Morgan; 801-876-3190

  • Open: 8 a.m. to dark, Monday through Sunday starting Friday Nov. 27, (might be sold out on Friday)
  • Price: $50 for each tree
  • Species: Colorado blue spruce, balsam
  • Cut your own tree; hand saw supplied

Weber County:

North Pole Pines, 2546 W. 3100 North, Farr West; 801-731-6466 or 801-628-1041

  • Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Tree varieties and prices:

Scotch Pines: Approximately 350 to choose from —  $30 for 10 feet tall plus with special tags, $40 without; $50 for eight to 10 feet tall; $60 for under eight feet tall

Weekend Warriors – 🎄 BEST Christmas Lights in Davis County 🎄

The Best Free Family Holiday tradition is making your own map of local amazing house’s and cities lit up to the fullest with music, dancing lights and more.  Load up the kids with travel cups of hot coco and cookies, blast Christmas music in the car and enjoy a whole night of entertainment for free or at least the cost of gas only.  Go to our Facebook or Instagram Page to add to our list of your favorite house or city in Davis county to drive by.  Also find more Holiday Fun events going on in your Davis county city.
Below is just a start to the Holiday Lights list:)
  1. Layton City Utah – surf n swim
  2. Kaysville City, Utah – main street
  3. Eccles Family Christmas Light Show
  4. The Lights on Sherwood Drive
  5. CentervilleChristmas.com
  6. Bountiful, Ut – Main Street
  7. Bountiful temple neighborhood
  8. Farmington, Utah – Farmington Station
  9. Clearfield City
  10. Lights on Gentile St – Layton
  11. Tune your radio to 90.7.
    2336 Doral Drive, Syracuse
  12. 223 N 1400 W
    Clearfield, Utah

Weekend Warriors – Thankful for HEALTH, FAMILY and FEAST

SIMPLE TIPS TO IMPRESS THE FAMILY

Stress Less and Keep It Simple Silly! We all have lots of researching, preparing, cleaning, cooking, baking, decorating and impressing to do in the near future, let alone deal with relatives.  With these healthy recipes, substitutes, and tips you can keep the extra holiday stress weight away and be in control of your own choices by preparing your Thanksgiving Family Feast plan ahead of time, saving time to get to that extreme Turkey Burn workout before all the stuffing.

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Skips, Subs, and Sweets Save the Day

You can make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice taste and enjoyment.  To create healthy recipes, first look at what’s on hand in your own pantry. You may have healthier ingredients available and not realize it.  Then shop local groceries with in-season produce sales and coupons. If it all fails, you can always find great events to do or restaurant coupons on our sites GoDavis.biz & GoWeber.biz

1- Skip overloading the plate, start small portion control, wait 30 mins.

2- Skip Full-Fat Dips, Eat Yogurt Dips

3- Skip Some Alcohol Calories, Drink Wine Spritzer or Kombucha

4- Skip Candied Yams, Eat Roasted Sweet Potatoes

5- Skip Dark Meat, Eat White Meat Turkey

6- Skip Store-Bought, Eat Homemade Stuffing

7- Skip Traditional Gravy, Eat Low-Fat Gravy

8- Skip Cranberry Sauce, Eat Cranberry Relish

9- Skip the Casserole, Eat Fresh Green Beans

10- Skip White Flour Rolls, Eat Whole-Wheat Rolls

11- Skip Eggnog, Drink Cider

12- Skip Pecan Pie, Eat Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENT IN RECIPE — SUBSTITUTE WITH THIS INGREDIENT.  Use this substitution guide to help reduce the amount of fat, salt, sugar and calories as you prepare healthy recipes.

Bacon — Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, smoked turkey or lean prosciutto (Italian ham)

Bread crumbs, dry or white — Rolled oats or crushed bran cereal, whole-grain bread

Butter, margarine, shortening or oil in baked goods — Applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil; butter spreads or shortenings specially formulated for baking that don’t have trans fats

Cream, cream cheese, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel, or low-fat cottage cheese pureed til smooth, fat-free half-and-half, evaporated Skim milk

Eggs — Two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg

Flour, all-purpose (plain) — Whole-wheat flour for half of the called-for all-purpose flour in baked goods

Fruit canned in heavy syrup — Fruit canned in its own juices or in water, or fresh fruit

Rice, white — Brown or wild rice, bulgur wheat, pearl barley

Salad dressing — Fat-free or reduced-calorie dressing or flavored vinegars

Seasoning salt, such as garlic salt, celery salt or onion salt — Herb-only seasonings, garlic powder, celery seed or onion flakes, or finely chopped fresh herbs

Sour cream, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat sour cream, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt

Soy sauce — Sweet & sour, hot mustard, low-sodium sauce

Sugar or Syrup — Half sugar in baked goods; add vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to intensify sweet, applesauce or sugar-free syrup