It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is upon us, and boy can we use it. I don’t know about you, but this holly jolly season could not come fast enough this year. We all needed some holiday cheer.
The best way I know how to get into the Christmas spirit is setting up a Christmas tree. When it comes to Christmas trees, there is no place like Jones Family Farms.
At the farm
Everything from parking to finding a tree and getting it ready for transport was easy and fun. There were friendly Jones’s employees smiling at us everywhere we looked, ready to help us with anything we needed.
When we arrived, there were a few employees directing traffic, both automobile and pedestrian. As we got out of the car, one happy worker anticipated our needs and pointed us in the right direction for saws.
Another friendly woman explained the differences among the tree types (Balsam, Fraser Fur, Blue Spruce, etc.) and pointed us in the right direction.
We headed in the direction of the Balsam and Frasers and had to cross the street. Another smiling worker bravely walked out into the winding street to stop traffic so we could walk across safely.
Hunting for the perfect tree
Then we began the hunt for the perfect tree. Hills and vines made for a potentially hazardous journey. Gloves and boots are always a good idea when tree hunting.
There were obstacles all around us, but we managed to find our perfect tree in less than an hour. The toughest part of the entire process was hiking up the hill.
What made the hunt easier was taking a few minutes in the beginning to decide what type of tree we wanted. In the parking lot before by the hand saws, there was a sample of each type of tree with an explanation. Make sure to feel the needles to see how soft each one is. If you have pets or small children, try going for trees with softer needles.
Once we found “the one”, we needed to cut it down. My task was to hold the tree while my boyfriend cut. He made it look easy. My part really was.
After we had found our tree and freed it from its roots, we brought it down the hill and across the street.
The same worker that helped us cross the street the first time did it again and even complimented us on our beautiful tree.
At the baling station, a few families were ahead of us, but everyone was in good spirits. The line moved very quickly, so it was not a bad wait at all.
We had come prepared with twine and a blanket for the top of the car. It took a few minutes to tie it on and then we were off.
At the booth on the way out, we paid for our find and received the complimentary Jones Family Farms Christmas tree ornament.
We created yet another memory at Jones Family Farm that day.
1. Bring gloves. Sap and pine needles are everywhere.
2. Bring a tarp. It is easier to drag the tree instead of carrying it
3. Bring cash or check. These are the only forms of payment they accept for trees.
4. Make sure to feel the needles to see how soft each one is. If you have pets or small children, try going for trees with softer needles.