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Monday, December 13, 2010

Survival of the Fittest Christmas Tree

I came across two articles today about two different Christmas trees in two different states involved in two distinct fires.

The results where drastically different.

In Corpus Christi the lights on an artificial Christmas tree caused the tree to burn killing a cat. The entire two-story home was affected by smoke damage

In Orlando a family lost their home to a brutal fire. The only thing left standing was their real Christmas tree.

Need I say more? It seems natural selection is on the side of the natural tree.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Trees to Help the Community

9&10 News came to Dutchman Tree Farms to find out how we support our community.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The year my Mother Stole the Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year, the temperature has dropped and we can start listening to and singing Christmas Carols without feeling guilty, or getting dirty looks. As it begins to look a lot like Christmas I like to think back to some of my favorite Christmas memories. There was the year I got a ballerina costume, it was the same Christmas that my brother got a bike that was too big for him and he had to stand on the bumper of the station wagon to even get on. Then there was the year my mom stole our Christmas tree. I’m not saying she pulled a Grinch and stole Christmas; no she actually stole a Christmas tree.

Growing up my mother’s least favorite holiday activity was getting the Christmas Tree. She always seemed to wait so long to get one and as we got older she seemed to wait even longer. So that particular year we were all off at college and we came home for Christmas to no Christmas tree at all. Mom said that she had just been waiting for us to get there. So Christmas Eve evening, my mother and brother set out to get our real Christmas tree. They came back with the prettiest tree that we had ever had! When asked where she got such a beautiful tree on Christmas Eve, my mother’s response was “we found it on the ground.”

Come to find out they did find it on the ground, the ground of a Christmas tree lot that was closed. My Mother is not allowed to “find” the Christmas tree anymore and this year I am just sending her one from ATreeForChristmas.com, that way we don’t have to worry about potential incarceration during the holiday season.

Have a favorite Christmas memory that you would like to share on our blog, send it to socialmedia@ductmantreefarms.com and don’t forget you can “find” your real Christmas Tree at www.ATreeForChristmas.com get 10% off when you use the promo code HASSLEFREE.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Trees for Those in Need

On December 12 a truck laden with Christmas Trees will be departing from Dutchman Tree Farms. This truck will be heading to Clarkston Michigan to help a local church, Clarkston Community Church, bring the spirit of Christmas to the needy. The congregation of around 800, will be encouraged to adopt a tree during the Christmas sermon series, "Give this Christmas Away". This is a practical way to help the needy families in the area.

Once a family or a group from the church has adopted a tree, they will buy everything from the lights to the stand. They will then decorate the trees and offer them to the local needy families on the Sunday before Christmas. Some families will come to the church to pick them up, but for those who can't, the congregation will make sure the tree is delivered.

Geoff Black, Worship Arts Pastor at Clarkston Community Church, said, "I'm so blessed that Dutchman would partner with us on this endeavor and donate Christmas trees to this cause. It is such a blessing to share the true gift of Christmas which is God's love, hope, peace and joy in Christ!"


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Order Your Christmas Tree Online This Black Friday

Strategies, routes, teams formed all with the mission to divide and conquer. Only Military attacks and intense games of Risk can be compared to the national pastime we call Black Friday. Our Mothers, sisters, aunts and well… I have even seen fathers play this intense game of fighting the crowds for faddish toys and deals on electronics. For some people pushing, shoving and checkout lines will put them in the Holiday spirit. I personally would rather keep my sanity.

This year I am going to keep it simple, mouse in one hand, leftover turkey sandwich in the other. These days, when most of the Black Friday deals are available online, why not shop in your PJs while you’re snacking on some leftovers. For those who really enjoy minimizing holiday stress, maybe ordering your Christmas tree online might be just the thing for you. With ATreeForChirstmas.com you can point, click and buy your fresh cut Christmas tree or wreath and have it shipped right to your door.

But for those of you whose thirst for the Black Friday battle, will have you up in the wee hours of the morning, imagine coming home after the satisfaction of shopping domination. Drop your bags and remove your running shoes, as your adrenaline begins to slow you can mark another thing off your holiday list by ordering your real Christmas tree online. So whether you’re fighting the crowds or enjoying your leftovers, every sale lover can get 10% off their entire order with free shipping.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Saying, "Thank You" to Our Troops with a Chistmas Tree

Every year Trees for Troops sends thousands of Christmas trees to our men and women in uniform to show appreciation for the sacrifice they and their families are making.
Dutchman Christmas Tree Farms is proud to have been able to support this program for many years, by donating hundreds of our finest trees each year. This year Dutchman Christmas Tree Farms donated around 200 Christmas trees to show our heartfelt support and appreciation for those courageous men and women who defend our Country and to their families.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Don't Let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas Tree this Year

I must admit I had to laugh when I read the following guidelines on how to choose an artificial Christmas tree (in this post AKA "The Grinch"). I hope this post generates comments, because I am very interested in what my readers have to say.

Guidelines on how to choose an artificial Christmas tree, the Grinch:

1. Think of the Grinch as an investment. Because you may be keeping the tree for 20 years or more, you may consider purchasing a high-quality artificial tree that has foliage resembling a real Christmas tree. This is often determined by the quantity of the branch tips and design of the foliage. In most cases, having more branch "tips" is preferred because an abundance of needles creates a full look for the tree.

- Ok. let me get this straight. First, this guideline is referring to a financial investment. Are all financial investments good? Hmmm... not necessarily. Actually our economy is the way it is due to a lot of bad investments. Why is the Grinch a good investment? They really don't say. Second, it states you may be keeping this year for 20 years or more. Research shows after 9 years these trees reach dangerous lead levels. Finally this guideline suggests picking a high quality tree that has foliage resembling a real Christmas tree. Is it just me? Why not just buy a real tree instead of trying to find a fake one that only resembles a real tree?

2. Ensure the Christmas tree has the specific desired look. Look to see if you can see the center pole of the tree-if so, it may not be a high-quality tree.

- I'm not sure what to say here. Obviously this isn't something you have to worry about when picking a real tree.

3. Choose a tree with a strong stand to ensure that your Christmas tree will not topple or lean to one side, even if heavy ornaments are added to the tree. Some tree stands come with rubber feet to protect your carpet or your wooden floors.

- Nature provides a sturdy trunk and branches. You really don't have to worry about heavy ornaments.

So there you have it. Please don't let an artificial Christmas tree steal your Real Christmas Tree this year.

I would like to propose you buy a real tree this year. You can buy it from a local farm or Christmas tree lot. For those who have very little time to go and choose a tree, feel free to consider visiting this web-site A Tree For Christmas. We are one of the nations largest Christmas Tree Farms and have decades of experience helping families, like yours, create those special Christmas memories that live on through time and forever.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dutchman Christmas Tree Farm Family

When we say, “We ship the Christmas Tree directly from the farm to you” we really should say “We ship the Christmas Tree from our family to yours”. Working at Dutchman Tree Farm really does feel like a family. And we aren’t the dysfunctional type of family with the crazy uncle and the brother no one talks about. No, it’s more like the kind of family that if you need anything they will be there for you. Amazing, inspiring and funny people work here and I will be spotlighting some of these characters here on the blog. Today I want to spotlight …Pam McLeod, the resident mother/grandmother of Dutchman Tree Farms.

Pam has been working with Dutchman Tree Farms for the last 33 years and she has done a little bit of everything; planting, loading trucks, leading pruning crews, anything and everything Christmas Trees. Right now she works in the office and helps organize loads and book out trucks to stores across the US. Hard worker and mother of the office, it is certain that you cannot work with Pam McLeod without feeling encouraged, challenged and taken care of.

Not only is Pam a harder worker, caring and compassionate, she is dedicated. Just the other day Pam took a nasty spill off her bicycle. Yes, this grandmother of 15 rides her bike, cross country skis and does triathlons to stay in shape. After taking this spill, destroying her helmet, being knocked slightly unconscious and separating her shoulder (this should give some indication of how fast she was going) she came into work. Yes, bruised and sore she came in the very next day saying that working at her desk would be the best for her recovery.

So there she sits, with ice pack on her shoulder and a cherry red road rash under her right eye, inspiring us all to quit our whining and get back to work. Now doesn’t that just sound like family?

Would you like your Christmas Tree shipped from our Family to yours? Go to ATreeForChristmas.com and order yours today and you can have your Fresh Christmas Tree or Live Christmas Tree at your door just in time for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How Green are We?

I learned so much today about Dutchman Tree Farms after having to ask myself… How green are we? Well actually The National Parks Association asked me that question. They want to know how green we are before they endorse us for our green 2 green fundraiser. They asked me about the boxes we use to ship our products in, our fertilizers and our pesticides. When I get asked questions, I usually ask questions and I usually just ask Google, but today I asked the Dutchman Tree Farm growers. With these guys coming in and out of the office all day I was in the perfect spot to stop and ask each of them, Exactly how green are we?

While none these guys knew whether our boxes were recycled or not, I did learn quite a few things about how we do things here at Dutchman Tree Farms:
We prefer to use natural fertilizers, ashes, lime, peat moss and I was told that this year we have used more manure than ever before. We also use cover crops that are then cultivated into the ground. Any other fertilizers we use are used minimally.

As far as pesticides, I learned that because of the gypsy moth we have to spray all of our trees before we can ship them. Check out this link for the gypsy moth and you will see why using some pesticides is very important.

Other than that we use no pesticides that are considered dangerous and the pesticides that we do use, we use conservatively. We have good credibility with the Department of Agriculture and we also allow natural pest to be natural pest when they are protecting our Christmas Trees.

Other tid bits of info I picked up: We have a very extensive water conservation system. After we harvest, the stumps are ground and reticulated into the soil. Because of this, some of the sandy soil that we have is richer in nutrients after one harvest than in the 40 years prior. We replant several times more seedling than what we harvest.

So after my multiple horticultural lessons, I feel really good about working at Dutchman Tree Farms and can say that we are an environmentally friendly farm. Oh, and for our boxes… they are made of 100% recycled paper. So when you order your Christmas Tree or a Live Christmas Tree, from ATreeForChristmas.com, you can feel good too.

Would you like to ask a Christmas Tree Grower a question? Go to ATreeForChristmas.com and click the Ask Your Grower Tab.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Tree for Christmas

Everyone wants A Tree for Christmas. Christmas without a tree would be unimaginable. This is why Dutchman Tree Farms launched a brand new site: to make it possible for everyone (within the continental US) to easily order A Tree for Christmas hassle free.

Visit our site, A Tree for Christmas, and give us your feedback. Use the PROMO CODE: HASSLEFREE and get 10% off your entire order. We want to serve you better, but can only do so if you let us know what you need.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Free Live Christmas Tree (Weekly Raffle)

So I hope you read my previous post Win a Free Christmas Tree. Since the inception of this idea another a idea was created. We decided to have a weekly raffle leading up to this larger raffle.

For this weekly raffle all you have to do is sign up on our Facebook Fan Page. There is a tab marked "Signup" right after the tab marked "Info". Every Friday at 12pm we put the names into a randomizer and then a name is drawn. The name drawn is the winner of a
live Black Hills Spruce Live Christmas Tree which is sent directly to their front door.

To date we have had two drawings. A gentleman in Pennsylvania won the first week and a young lady in North Carolina won the second week. Currently we have applicants from California to Connecticut.

This weekly raffle will end with the drawing of the main raffle on November 15 in which three names will be drawn (read about the Nov 15 drawing in my previous post). All participants are eligible to win the main raffle even if they already won a weekly raffle.

The sooner you sign up the more chances you have to win. Good Luck!

Stay tuned for the release of our online Real Christmas Tree store.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Win a Free Christmas Tree

Dutchman Tree Farms giving away two real Christmas trees and a wreath this Christmas Season to three lucky people in the continental USA. These past few years have been a bit tight for all of us and it may be easier to be a Scrooge, but Dutchman Tree Farms has decided to give you and your family an opportunity to win a Free, yes free, Christmas Tree or Wreath.

You do not have to sign up for any unwanted promotions or take a boring survey. All you have to do is have FUN. Let me explain...

To be eligible for the Humbug Free Christmas Tree Raffle you must:

  • Live within the continental USA
  • Post your favorite, Christmas related, funny picture or YouTube video to our Facebook Page wall with a witty caption (any inappropriate pictures will be deleted and will make you ineligible for the raffle).
  • Go to the "SignUp" tab on our Fan Page and leave your information so we know where to send the tree to if you win (Yes, your prize will be shipped right to your front door).

See! It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. The drawing will be held November 15 and the winners will be announced on November 16.

1st Prize will be able to choose a 6-7 foot (or smaller) real Christmas Tree of any species we grow on the farm. (Check out the many different species of Christmas Trees we grow on the farm)

2nd Prize will receive a 3-4 foot Table-top Fraser Christmas Tree.

3rd Prize will receive a 20 inch Christmas Wreath.

If you don't win don't be disheartened. You can always order your Christmas Tree online from Dutchman Tree Farms and have it shipped to your front door.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Buy Your Real Christmas Tree Online this Year

Yes that is correct. I said real, natural and American grown Christmas tree. I did not say artificial Christmas tree.

I am getting rather tired of always reading, "Buy your Christmas Tree Online" and when I follow the link, only then do I find out it is an artificial tree. This is why Dutchman Tree Farms decided to sell real Christmas Trees online.

Most of the employees on our farm have families and understand how busy Christmas time can become. Shopping, relatives, meals, kids, husband, wife and the list goes on. This is one reason why we decided to give you opportunity to have your real Christmas tree delivered right to your front door, freshly cut from our farm.

When you go to a Christmas Tree lot looking for the "perfect" tree you might not find it. Depending on which lot you go to you may not know when the Christmas tree you are buying was cut. It could have been cut, yes, months ago. How much more life will it have by the time it is in your living room? Only time will tell.

Ordering online gives you the convenience of ordering at almost any time of the year. You are free to pick the day it is to be delivered to your door. Right before your tree is sent Dutchman Tree Farms sends a Christmas Tree specialist to go and select the finest tree from the fields to be harvested. After harvest it is immediately packed up and shipped to you.

When you open the box you will immediately know this is the freshest tree you ever bought, and as it proudly stands in your living room you will realize it is also probably the most beautiful Christmas Tree you spent your money on.

Freshness Beauty and Convenience. What more could you ask for?


Monday, July 12, 2010

Christmas Tree Myth... BUSTED.

Every year we see the poor little teddy bear helplessly in front of a flaming Christmas tree and the words of a "fireman" in the background reminding us to have a safe Christmas. Our friends at the American Christmas Tree Association would have us believe a real tree is more of a fire hazard than an artificial tree and they are right... If you are using last year's Christmas tree that is...

The Michigan Christmas Tree Association worked with their local fire department to put this myth to the test. They actually beat Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman in testing to see if a real tree combusted more quickly than an artificial tree.

The findings for some were a relief and for others it exposed their false advertising.

Read Extinguishing the Christmas Tree Fire Myth which explains in detail the tests and results of this experiment. If you don't want to read it skip to the pictures at the bottom. They tell the whole story on their own.

Be safe. Get a real tree. You can even order your Christmas tree online and have it shipped straight to your door from our farm.

Here is a link I found on the National Christmas Tree Association's web-site. Enjoy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Can't Beat the Real Thing

Lately I have been wondering why we Americans have always wanted the "real, authentic, genuine deal". I was walking around New York, not too long ago, when I was approached by an individual carrying a black trash bag full of "Foakleys" (fake Oakley sunglasses). As I stood there in horror at the thought of buying a knockoff another person showed up with a briefcase full of Bolex (imitation Rolex). Granted both looked pretty good from far away and only cost $10 as opposed to hundreds of dollars, but I couldn't buy them knowing they weren't real. The price didn't matter. I could not settle for anything less than the real thing.

In 1969 Coca Cola started using the word "real" in their slogan, and have used it multiple times since then. We like to have the original, the authentic, the genuine item rather than a phony, knockoff, or look-alike.

Ladies love their Coach purses and wallets and to see someone walking around with a fake causes us to hear a scream from deep down inside us saying, "NOOOOOOO!" It is not even second best to the real thing. It is just a wannabe and in some cases even worse, a wannabe wannabe.

I look around and ask myself, "How many businesses would succeed if they advertised their merchandise as fake or artificial?" Imagine these adds for just a second:

  • "Enjoy our artificial Italian food"

  • "Get a look-alike Mac"

  • "Pepsi almost as good as Coke"

  • "Every Kiss Begins with a Phony Diamond"

  • "Bank of America, the nation's potential leading financial institution and home for all of your personal financial needs."

  • "Save Money on knockoffs, Live Better"

Do you think anyone could do business with such obviously ridiculous ads? I don't think so. These companies would fall apart in a matter of weeks.

So now the obvious question which begs to be asked is, "How can companies publicly advertise artificial Christmas Trees, at a higher cost than the real thing, and make money?" In most industries advertising something as fake or artificial is suicide, but somehow someone is trying to twist our sense of the "real deal" and have us settle for something far inferior and for a greater price. This boggles my mind.

Some may say, "It's easier to put up and there is no mess". What about the authentic Christmas tradition of decorating the tree as a family or with our friends? What about the authentic smell of a real pine tree in our house? What about the fact that buying an artificial tree puts you in the category of buying Foakleys, Frauda and fake Coach bags? What about the health hazards caused by the material contained in your fake tree (check out my blog on this subject)?

If cleaning up a few pine needles every year outweighs the importance of the original real Christmas tree tradition then by all means enjoy your lead filled PVC artificial tree.

Do yourself a favor this year. Don't settle for anything less than the real thing. Buy a real genuine American grown Christmas tree this year. You can even have it shipped to your front door from a real, authentic, genuine Christmas tree farm: Dutchman Tree Farms

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

6 Must Knows to the Perfect Christmas Tree

Every year I buy my Christmas tree and watch others buy theirs and I wonder if they really know how to take care of the tree they are taking home. Here are 6 simple steps to make sure you get the most out of your Christmas tree this year :

  1. Make sure there has been a fresh cut (1/4”–1/2” thick disk of wood) at the base of the trunk before bringing the tree into your home. This fresh cut will allow the tree to draw water from the tree stand and keep the needles fresh.

  2. Place the Christmas tree in water as soon as possible after the tree has a fresh cut at the base; the temperature of the water does not matter.

  3. Place the tree in a stand that fits the tree. Don’t take the bark off the tree as this will hinder the tree’s ability to absorb water. The stand should provide one quart of water for each inch of the stem’s diameter.

  4. Keep the tree away from heat sources to slow the drying process, such as heaters, fireplaces, heat vents and direct sunlight.

  5. Check the level of water in the stand every few days since the tree may not be submerged in the water if the level gets too low. The tree may consume two pans of water within the first 24 hours.

  6. Properly dispose of the Christmas tree after it is dried out. Your city may offer a tree disposal service or you can recycle your tree.

The only advice I can give if you buy an artificial tree is you might want to also invest in an astronaut suite to avoid lead poisoning. You can find a few more Christmas tree tips at Dutchman Tree Farms.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Evergreen News

Dutchman Christmas Tree Farm

What do Christmas tree farmers do during the rest of the year when it's not Christmas?

This question was posed on Yahoo! Answers. I am not going to tell you everything done during the entire year, but will shed some light on what we currently are doing here at Dutchman Tree Farms to get your Christmas tree ready for the big day.

From June to August the Christmas tree fields start buzzing with workers around 7:15 am. Up and down the rows they go, pruning and cleaning each Christmas tree. Each row has 75 to 100 Christmas Trees and by the end of the day each worker has cleaned and pruned between 1,200 to 1,500 trees.

Pruning and cleaning the Christmas trees is a three step process:

  1. The leader (the part of the tree where you would traditionally put the star or the angel) needs to be measured and cut. Some trees have more than one leader, so the extra leaders are removed.
  2. All birds' nests are carefully relocated and every pine cone is removed.
  3. The workers then proceed cut any stray branches to give each Christmas tree shape.

Following the pruning process we then tag the Christmas trees for the fall harvest.

As you can see it is quite a busy time. We take pride in our work and every individual tree gets individual attention to make you receive the best Christmas tree possible.

Watch our videos to get a better understanding of life on the farm and our Christmas fundraiser

Monday, June 7, 2010

The American Christmas Tree Association, As Fake as Their Christmas Trees

Today I read the following article on the American Christmas Tree Association's (ACTA) web-site: Carbon Footprint Study Finds Artificial Christmas Trees Best for the Environment.

My curiosity got the better of me and I searched their site hoping to find the results of this study. My efforts were in vain. The only information I found, other than their interpretation of the supposed results, was that the study was an "in-depth analysis". Now if that doesn't make you wonder, look them up on Wikipedia. You will read the following, "The group claims to have sponsored studies, but hasn't released the actual studies to the public".

Still not convinced? Here is an excerpt from their study:

"The study, sponsored by the American Christmas Tree Association and conducted by leading international sustainability firm PE Americas, found that the most significant contribution to global warming came from fossil fuel consumption in transportation of real Christmas trees from tree farms and lots to consumer homes."
What is wrong with this picture? I can see three things:
  1. It looks like the root of the problem here is "fossil fuel consumption in transportation", that is driving a car, and has very little to do with Christmas trees.
  2. Last time I checked an artificial Christmas tree doesn't just appear in a living room. I think someone has to drive to the local Home Depot or Lowe's and pick it up.
  3. If the ACTA went to all the trouble of sponsoring this study why didn't they publish the scientific results?
I am the kind of guy who needs answers and after reading this article it left me with a question. Is there something they aren't telling me? I promptly began to do my own research and this is what I found.

Artificial Christmas trees are made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). What's the big deal, right? We have pipes in our basements and wires in our walls which contain PVC. Wrong!
  1. Early 1970's Dr. John Creech and Dr. Maurice Johnson were the first to clearly link and recognize the cancer causing tendency found in the chemicals used in PVC.
  2. Greenpeace has advocated the global discontinuing of PVC because dioxin is produced as a byproduct vinyl chloride manufacturing and from the burning of PVC waste.
  3. California is currently considering a bill, sponsored by Californians Against Waste to ban using PVC in packaging because of the threats it poses to the health of humans and the environment.
  4. PVC is not normally recycled after use because the recycling process is very costly.
  5. In 2005 Dr. Richard Maas, after a study conducted on artificial Christmas trees, is quoted as saying, "We found that if we leave one of these trees standing for a week, and we wipe under the tree we'll find large amounts of lead dust..."
  6. A 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report found that of the 50 million artificial trees in the US about 20 million were 9 or more years old, the point where dangerous lead levels are reached.
  7. California requires that each artificial Christmas tree come with a warning label about the toxins contained in the PVC.
So does this mean a real Christmas tree is better?

I was able to find a study that actually did share it's scientific
results. There are three points I want to highlight about this study:
  1. Results show that a natural tree will generate 3.1 kg of greenhouse gases whereas the artificial tree will produce 8.1 kg per year.
  2. ellipsos chose the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method to perform this study. It follows the recognized ISO 14040 and 14044 standards and it was reviewed by an independent third-party of peers.
  3. Interestingly, to compensate for the impacts of a Christmas tree, be it natural or artificial, one can offset the carbon emissions by carpooling or biking to work only one to three weeks per year.(I wonder how many people at the American Christmas Tree Association are doing their part here...)

One last note. For every Christmas tree cut down on a farm many more are planted. Dutchman Tree Farms planted over 750 thousand trees already this year.

Regarding whether the American Christmas Tree Association is a fake like their trees... I'll let you decide.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Buzz'n Around the Christmas Tree

Dutchman Tree FarmsSmell is believed to be the most powerful memory related sense. When I smell a Christmas tree, the ghosts of Christmas past start haunting me. Great memories of family, gifts and good times flash before my minds eye and immediately my spirits rise.

Now imagine working at a Christmas Tree farm. These memories never grow dim but are always present. The work on the farm is both exhilarating and at times exhausting.

It is exhilarating because each day the spirit of Christmas is always present which is a motivation to look forward to the Christmases yet to come.

It can be exhausting because many long weeks, months, and years go into each tree. Each tree which eventually will end up possibly in your living room where you and your family will create many great and lasting memories together around your Christmas tree.

I hope to be able to shed some light on the TLC which goes into your Christmas tree, long before it even makes it to your living room. Here at Dutchman Tree Farms we strive to produce the highest quality Christmas and landscaping trees.