POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:42pm
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — There's many things to be thankful for during holidays, but when it comes to farm and ranch families East Texans say that's what they are thankful for.
"A farm family is very important, we do stuff as a family, holidays are a big tradition," said Chad Gulley, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.
It's very easy to get caught up in spending and the material things during the holidays. Farm and ranch families we spoke to say it's all about family, reflection, God and to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
Chad Gulley, East Texas was raised on a farm in Angelina County with a passion for agriculture, he says there's nothing like rural living, from farm food to family. "Cook the stuff you raised on a farm, vegetables," said Gulley. His grandfather was a cattle producer.
"So it was nice to go in the freezer and pull out a fresh pack of beef that was that we raised on the farm and it saved us money from going to the grocery stores and buying that meat," said Gulley. He says, the little things like that are a blessing.
"A kid wants to open a present no doubt, but it's also about getting together , you know it's the pies the cakes, the food that mom cooks," said Gulley.
Jonathan Oland from Rio Neches Ranch was also raised on a farm and says farm and ranch living brings a family closer.
"Everything around a farm and ranch is based on work but on the same hand, you're around your family more," said Oland. He tells us he's thankful for that.
"When you have a farm and you grow up on a farm, it take the whole family working together," said Gulley.
The Myers 5th generation farm family says, growing up on a farm... you really value everything Jesus blesses us with.
"Growing up on a farm I wouldn't change it for anything, it's a just a way of life," said Gulley.