Since we have been together, Ev and I cut down a real tree at local farm. We go out for a big breakfast, fuel up on hot chocolate and coffee, then head over to a local tree farm to select “the one.” During breakfast we would laugh about some day becoming the “Griswold family,” toting our little family around to the find the family Christmas tree. And here we are just 5 short years later! This year, thanks to the recommendation of our cousin Emily, we switched things up and took a ride up to West Suffield, Mass to Markowski Farms. Yesterday we officially started a new tradition that we absolutely plan on continuing forever more.
On the weekends, horse drawn wagons take visitors up to the tree fields. As a pregnant mama with a toddler, I LOVED not having to treck through the fields on my own. The wagon ride was also a festive experience on its own. The inside of the wagon lined with vintage horse bells that jingled all the way (see what I did there?) The staff gave the children candy canes, and the coach started a round of a capella Christmas carol singing. Visitors passed their cameras and phones around to take photos of one another.
Ev and I felt like part of a little family up there. I always enjoy supporting family businesses that foster a sense of community. Everyone there, from the cashier to the men on the tractors who came to scoop up the trees, seemed genuinely happy to be there. We also felt like Markowski Farms attracted good people. Visitors were friendly, polite, and chatting together like old friends on the wagon ride. One lovely man actually took the time to compliment Ev and I regarding Wyatt. He said Wyatt seemed like a very happy little boy and he could tell we were good parents that involved him in meaningful activities. He shared that it was sad when kids got older and didn’t need their parents as much, so to really treasure these moments. I mean really – who takes the time out to encourage strangers these days?! The rest of the day I held onto his sweet words.
We had our Griswold moment when we found this perfectly shaped ginormous tree. While we only need about a 7 foot tree, we opted for this one since all trees are $45 regardless of the size. This way, Ev cut the tree down to size for our living room AND I have all the branches I could ever want for DIY projects. The amount of garlands I need for projects alone would have been at least double the price. And can you see how full this baby is? The trees at Markowski Farms were all luscious and full – no skinny Charlie Brown trees here.
Since the tree was tightly netted by the staff (another bonus!) we let our tree settle overnight to allow the branches to fall into place on their own. Tonight we plan on decorating with our little elf.
I am already looking forward to next year when we get to bring BOTH of our little elves along for the ride!
I’d love to hear your festive family traditions. Leave a comment to share! I will be sharing our tree and home decor once I get everything situated.