When the last scrap of pumpkin pie is cleared off your plate and Thanksgiving comes to an end, the holiday season begins. For some, that means digging out that dusty box that has been home to a Christmas tree for the past 11 months. But others who yearn for a more authentic tradition eagerly explore the grounds of a place foreign to many: a Christmas tree farm.
Going to a Christmas tree farm is a special experience. Not only do participants get in touch with their holiday spirit, but they also have the opportunity to spend time with their family and create memories.
Emma Kukuk, a senior double majoring in communication and professional writing, has firsthand experience with the treasured tradition.
“Living on a Christmas tree farm is pretty easy living,” said Kukuk. “My family grows Blue Spruce exclusively. Since they’re an evergreen species, they keep their foliage all year round, and I’ve always loved the sight of the rows of trees in newly fallen snow. It’s enchanting.
“My favorite memory is probably how we would get first pick of the trees every year for our own house. Ever since I can remember, my mom, dad, sister and I would go out and wander the rows and pick two. Our dad would saw them down by hand and my sister and I would pretend to help by yelling ‘timber,’” she said.
There are many advantages of real trees over fake trees. Cutting your own Christmas tree to decorate with your family is rewarding, and the scent of fresh pine in your home is hard to beat. Walking on a crisp layer of snow that crunches under your boots while sipping on steaming hot chocolate is something they cannot sell you in stores. In addition, purchasing a real Christmas tree supports local farmers and the local economy.
“Fake trees don’t have the same buoyancy in the boughs, and there’s something distinctly regal about real trees that fake ones just can’t capture,” said Kukuk.
If you wish to be a part of this cherished tradition, check out one of the many tree farms around the Lansing area. Tannenbaum Farms (2515 Sandhill Rd, Mason, MI 48854), Star Tree Farm (1988 E Willoughby Rd, Mason, MI 48854) and Reverman Farm (16500 Forest Hill Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837) are just a few local Christmas tree farms. Get out there and chop down your own piece of tradition and memories this holiday season.
Anna Ellison is a junior professional writing major with minors in public relations and graphic design. She is currently the promotional representative for Spartan Ski Club and is a lover of all things Michigan made, the outdoors, other people’s dogs and the 1960s.