Thoughts from a Christmas Tree Lot

It's that time of year. The first weekend of December at Marsh Farm means Christmas Tree weekend!!!! (Insert Squeals of Joy here). We get a real tree each year and the process of picking out the perfect tree is one of my favorite traditions. We have had so many wonderful tree buying experiences.

One of my favorite memories, before we lived here, was the time we went to cut down a tree and it snowed a most magical snow. It was so glorious with hot beverages in our hands and a snowy hay ride out to the fields. We decided that we could never top that experience so we moved to picking out the right Christmas tree lot to acquire our trees.

 The most magical tree farm day ever.

The most magical tree farm day ever.

Since we have many years of experience under our belt, I thought I would share with you, Dear Reader, the qualities of a great tree lot for us.

It starts on the ground. It took awhile for us to figure this part out, but a perfect tree lot must NOT be on asphalt. There's just something about the crunch of gravel and dirt that adds to the experience. We have tried a few lots on asphalt and only proceeded to get back in the car in search of a better experience.

 Night time Christmas tree buying is magical

Night time Christmas tree buying is magical

Second it must be open at night. I can’t say that we have ever even tried to go to a lot during the day but I can’t imagine it being as magical. There’s just something about the glow of the lights strung up that gives an air of magic.

Friendly and full of Christmas cheer staff is a must. We have left a tree lot because the people were not at all friendly. Picking a tree is such an important part of our tradition that we are willing to walk away if people aren’t adding to our Christmas joy. One of my favorite places (which is now closed) had the greatest guy that would joke around with you and once you picked the right tree he would send you inside to the Christmas shop. He would then tie the tree on with REAL TWINE. It was so amazing. The place we have been going to for the last few years has a great group of kids that don’t hover too much but are always willing to help. They also will tie the tree on for you.

A tree buying experience is made extra special if the location has extra Christmas cheer like wreaths and a trim shop. There’s just something about adding the extras and making it a experience that I love.

 Wreaths at the outdoor market at Cronise Market

Wreaths at the outdoor market at Cronise Market

Susan’s sister Liz has been has joined us for so many of our magical Christmas tree purchases and I love sharing this tradition with her and now with you.

 Susan, Katrina and Liz annual Christmas Tree Buying Extravaganza

Susan, Katrina and Liz annual Christmas Tree Buying Extravaganza

It’s been a great kick-off to the Christmas season and we’d love to hear some of your favorite tree buying memories.

We hope your are having a tree-mendous season,

Katrina