Merry Christmas Tree Farm (2011)

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Yesterday we went to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Central, SC. It is one of our family’s annual traditions.

We first began getting our trees from a neighborhood farm when we lived in the Peppertree neighborhood. I was a “babe in arms” when we went out to this man’s home, in a nearby subdivision. He had a smallish house with a postage stamp backyard that contained about 40 trees. That is where we first began cutting down our own trees. We did that twice at his home.

Sometime after that, we heard about the Merry Christmas Tree Farm and began the one hour trek to Central. One year we forgot when they opened and upon arriving found that they were closed. That year we went to a neighboring farm. Otherwise, we have always gone to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm.

It’s our favorite place. Usually, we go on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Clemson vs. South Carolina football game is always blaring through their speakers on the farm. This year we went on Friday, which was far better–not because of the ballgame blaring but because the traffic was not as bad and it gave us an extra day to trim the tree.

This year was especially unique. We bought two trees, one big one for downstairs and a smaller one for the upstairs landing. This is “Haydn’s tree”. He really wanted a small tree for upstairs so he could put his stuffed animals under it. It looks pretty cool.

Dad let him pick it out. Haydn covered the farm, looking at hundreds of trees until he found the perfect one. It was quite a ways from our van and the netting machine. Haydn’s tree was on the “lower forty” which means he had to drag it up a very long hill. Dad tied a twine string to the trunk and Haydn pulled it all the way to the netting machine.

We also made it a party this year. Some of the members of our small group came with us. We all met there at 11:30 AM. Each family cut their tree and we took pictures and shot a video. Altogether, we bought five trees as a group–plus one friend of the group came, too, and bought a tree.

We had our usual hot chocolate, candy canes, and each kid got a Charlie Brown tree. The Merry Christmas Tree Farm has a surplus of Charlie Brown trees which they give away. We took ten (see pic above).

It was a wonderful blast, probably one of the best times we ever had. Plus, the weather could not have been better. It was between 65 and 70 degrees, gorgeous foothills of SC weather. I can not wait until next year when we can go again.

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