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My family’s never had a “real” Christmas tree. Though I’m sure it would’ve been so much fun choosing one when I was younger. Mom thought it’d catch on fire, and we’d die, or something. So we never actually got one. Until this year! After expressing my interest in getting a real tree, my parents decided they would no longer keep this amazing experience from me.
We went to a cute little tree farm thingy, where they take you out to pick your trees, on the back of a trailer, kind of like a hay ride, but definitely not as fun. My excitement was evident, as you can tell by my face.
After passing by so many perfect trees, my mom dubbed them unacceptable since they had a “couple” dead leaves or something. Not sure.
Anyway, we found our perfect tree soon enough. Since this was my first experience cutting down a Christmas tree, I wanted to do it myself. I started sawing away, my dad soon had to help, while my mom “documented” the trip. The tree came down relatively fast, I was expecting it to take a while. We took our tree home, watered it. And complained about the smell.
Overall, getting the Christmas tree was such a great experience, but I could do without the weird smell.
Where we bought our Christmas tree:
Sugargrove Tree Farm
1619 Township Road 1455
Ashland, OH 44805
Open until Saturday, December 21.
Wednesday through Friday from 12 PM to 5 PM
Saturdays 9 AM to 5 PM
Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM
Review these helpful hints before you head to the tree farm to pick out your tree.
Sugargrove Tree Farm is an historic, six-generation family-owned and operated property in Ashland County. Today it boasts one of the counties oldest structures and has been in the family for six generations.
Sugargrove has four types of trees to choose from, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir and Canaan Fir. Varieties of each are on display so you can see what you like before you head off to the fields. Prices range from $42-87 depending on the size of your tree. We purchased a 7 1/2 foot tree for $58. Pre-cut trees and live trees are also available.
After you decide which tree you’d like to purchase, you get in line for a tractor drawn wagon ride or horse drawn wagon ride (Dec. 14 & 15). Tell the driver what type of tree you’d like and he’ll drop you off in that section of the field. Be sure to grab a saw before the tractor drives away.
Pick out your tree, keeping in mind that the trees look smaller in the field than they will in your house. If you’re tight on space, you may want to grab a tape measure before heading off.
It will probably take two people to cut down the tree- one to use the saw and the other to hold up the needles. After you cut down your tree, carry it back to the spot where you were dropped off and wait for the wagon to take you back to the barn.
Employees will grab the tree off the wagon and place it on a machine that will shake off loose pine needles and insects from the tree. Next, they will take the tree inside the barn where the tree will be measured and baled for easy transport. When your tree is ready, they will give you a card with the price and you can step inside the office to pay for your purchase and grab a hot chocolate and cookie. Note that debit and credit cards are not accepted so make sure you have cash. If you are running low, there is an ATM on the property.
I was surprised how fast and easy the total process was. We were at the tree farm less than an hour.
So, to recap. Review the helpful hints before you go. Dress warmly. Bundle up for cold temperatures, after all, this is Ohio. Take cash. It’s that easy.
Do you prefer real or artificial trees?
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