Holiday Hills Christmas trees get flocking treatment (w/video)
Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:11 a.m.
For those looking forward to a white Christmas, Daniel Loa, longtime worker of the Holiday Hills Christmas Trees lot, can flock any of the live trees into what look like perfectly powdered pines.
He's worked for the company for the past seven years and knows a thing or two about making Christmas magical for families.
"We have to make sure it looks good for the customer, make it even and make it look natural," said Loa, 46.
The process includes giving the live trees a quick misting with water and then dusting them with a fine powder of paper. It looks like snow when it falls on the branches, he said, and some people like to get glitter on their trees.
If white or blue lights are used on a tree that has been flocked and has glitter, Loa said, they'll really catch the light and make the tree sparkle.
He and Kyle Pental have been flocking trees as quickly as they can, weather permitting. If the South Texas weather is too unforgiving, the flock becomes a gooey mess, Loa said.
Pental, 25, started flocking trees after Loa trained him on the process. Holiday Hills has two turntables to rotate the trees while they're flocking, so if there is a cold front coming, it slows down their production.
"We do different coatings from a light, medium, medium-heavy and heavy," Loa said. "There's also a tips coating, which is just the edges of the branches."