Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Tree Farm Visit

Last Saturday we took our annual trek to the Christmas Tree Farm.  It was a cold day - under 30 degrees - and we finally had just a bit of snow on the ground.

The reindeer had already returned to the North Pole, or maybe they were resting back at the farm, which was too bad because Kelly was looking forward to seeing them.  Instead, we made the manger scene our first stop.

Oh, wait!  There's a reindeer!

Sorry, I guess I was mistaken.  That's just Kelly, the reindeer dog.

We took some time to walk, and were surprised at how empty the tree fields were.  I read in the newspaper that several tree farms had to close early because they ran out of trees to cut; the warm weather we've had this December took people into the fields more than in previous years.  I don't know if this was the case here at Stokoe Farms or not.

The last picture is the wonderful straw fort they always have.  When our girls were little, they crawled through the fort.

Inside the barn there were a few small critters.

Our next stop was for some free hot chocolate and sugar cookies.  This was set up in one area of the expanded concession area, where they had a long table made of old lumber and the coolest stools made of various tractor parts, milk cans, and wood chunks.

At one end of the barn, they had a scene set up in the loft area.

Our last stop was the gift shop.  I purchased a few items, but didn't photograph them.  I will try to remember to do that and share the pictures later.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of our visit to the tree farm. 

1 comment:

Heidi said...

How fun to be able to go to a Christmas tree farm. We do not have them here. The trees are sold at garden centers and on lots in the parking areas of supermarkets. You can get one from a special grower which is then replanted right after Christmas. You rent the tree. But we have our faux tree now as I keep it up far too long for a real one.

Hugs from Holland ~