Family Holiday Traditions

December 04, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News

Raleigh — For many, the holidays are a time for homecoming, home-cooked meals and hand-cut Christmas trees. In the tradition of true Southern hospitality, North Carolina will deliver all that and more to travelers who visit the Old North State this year for the holidays.

Family Holiday Traditions
Throughout the state families, churches, colleges and communities host homecoming events and reunions during the holidays. Consider starting a new family reunion tradition by renting a spacious mountain cabin, an expansive coastal retreat, or by bringing loved ones together at one of the many golf resorts in the Piedmont.

North Carolina raises about 45 million turkeys each year, placing the state second in production, only slightly behind Minnesota. North Carolina even boasts a town named Turkey, population 264. And the Old North State is the home of one of the most important holiday food groups: pork.

Our state grows more sweet potatoes – nearly 500 million pounds annually – than any other state and holds its own in apples, pumpkins and pecans, all traditional holiday favorites. Consider creating a family tradition by planning a trip to one of the state’s many farmers’ markets to stock up on fresh food for the big holiday meal.

After a North Carolina holiday meal, curb the urge to nap. Instead, load up the family for a time-honored tradition that is the centerpiece for the holidays and head to one of the state’s more than 400 choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms. In fact, the 2005 White House tree will be a North Carolina Fraser Fir from Smokey Holler Christmas Tree Farm. This is the ninth time a North Carolina tree has been selected for this honor.

Finishing up the holiday shopping list can be a perfect conclusion to a perfect visit in North Carolina. Outlet malls, boutique shops and craft stores abound in the state, so finding that special gift is no problem.

Natural scenic beauty, adventure and relaxation, a dining experience for every taste, rich history and warm Southern hospitality come together in North Carolina. Call 1-800-VISIT NC or go to to plan your next getaway.