Christmas tree farms ready for season

24th November, 2022.      //   General Interest  // 


Bundled up – saw in hand – the search for the perfect Christmas tree has been a holiday tradition for the Schneider family for more than three decades.

“We began this when we were first married and we were so happy when our kids could come along,” Jill Schneider said. “Half the fun is the cold weather, gloves, hats and making hot chocolate for the ride home. Mainly it’s about precious family time, the beginning of the holidays and getting into the spirit.”

Finding the “perfect” tree isn’t always easy, but it’s about the process not just the product.

“There’s always a lot of negotiating to find the best tree, but we love the opportunity to be outside together, supporting a local farm and celebrating our family tradition,” Tom Schneider said.

While schedules have gotten more challenging for the Kettering couple whose daughters are now in college and high school, the tradition remains important.

The Schneiders are not alone. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, approximately 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year. While some purchase pre-cut trees, many choose the fun of finding and cutting down their own tree at a local tree farm.

There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas trees across the country, many in the Miami Valley. Tall or short, bushy or thin, long needles or short – if you’re ready to start the search for your family’s perfect tree, there are plenty of local farms check out.

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