Casa María gets Christmas tree early

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In what has been an annual tradition for the past four years, brothers from Casa María made a pilgrimage to Devine, Texas, to purchase its Christmas tree Saturday, Nov. 29. They chose an 8-foot Leyland Cypress tree not only because of its hypoallergenic properties, but because it does not shed as many needles as the other types.

Since the brothers arrived to Devine Acres Farm at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than the noon opening, they passed the time by having lunch at Pizza Hut. After cutting the tree down, they enjoyed Blue Bell ice cream for dessert on a party sunny afternoon with temperatures in the lower 70s. On the way home, the tree rode inside the community van while the brothers listened to Christmas music on 101.9 FM.

This year, the brothers decided to get the tree a week early since they will be hosting members of the General Administration next weekend.

To get to Devine Acres Farm, follow Highway 10 East to 35 South to Laredo, take the second Devine exit Hwy 173 and turn left on the fourth traffic light to Market Road 2200W. Destination will be about a mile down this road on the right.

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