With Thanksgiving officially behind us, it's now time to start thinking about Christmas. Of course, part of the Christmas preparation includes putting up a Christmas tree. If you haven't already bought one, we'll tell you where to find a good tree, for a good cause.
With his clippers in hand, Roy Nichols looks forward to preparing and selling perfect Christmas trees. He knows a thing or two about getting his trees just right. Nichols says, "I started some 28 years ago growing Christmas trees and it was Nichols Christmas Trees."
Three years ago, Nichols Christmas Trees became Nick Trees. So far, sales are the best they've ever been. Nichols says, "We're so far ahead, we'll have a fresh load they'll be cutting today and we have another truck that'll be here Wednesday."
Nick Trees includes a variety of trees ranging from very short and starting at $25. But if you're looking for something a little bit taller, you can also find trees ranging from 12 feet to 16 feet. Those can cost up to 400 bucks.
With trees set up in a tent at the Old Rapids on the Reservoir and the Mississippi Fairgrounds, all proceeds from these Christmas favorites go to the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.
Nichols says his deep compassion for the sick evolved after his dad died from cancer when Nichols was 18. Aside from Christmas trees, Nichols also has a love for golf. As a PGA golfer, Nichols teamed up with UAB Medical. Nichols says, "They had a little boy there with leukemia that needed to be treated and needed extra money."
Nichols was able to help out. He won a tournament and donated $50,000 of his prize money to the little boy.
For the first time this year, Nichols has introduced Nick's Winter Wonderland at the Reservoir location. It's another way to raise money for the hospital.
Nichols says, "It went from purchasing a train to a merry-go-round, roller coaster, jumping jacks, funnel cake house, we even have snow, kids ride through the tunnel, they go through snow."
Within just the first few days of opening, 1,200 to 1,400 Christmas trees have already been sold. Nick Trees is open through December 18 from 9AM to 9PM, seven days a week.
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