X-Mas Tree Traditions

This morning, we chopped down a tree at Hunt’s Christmas Tree Farm in Coventry, Connecticut. It was our first time at Hunt’s and it was a real hoot. I got to wield a saw and practice my Boy Scout skills. It was one of those really good family experiences. We were greeted at the “toll booth” near the farm entrance by Santa Claus (aka Bill Hunt). He and his wife, Esther, have run the farm since 1962. Their first trees were planted in 1963, and the first harvest was in 1971. You get a nice memo with your purchase. It covers the history of the farm, includes tree care tips, and other helpful holiday information.

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I won’t get into the “which type of X-mas tree is greener debate.” Just Google it and you can read all night about fake vs. real vs. potted. We get our small trees from local farms and then after the season, put them in our woods to compost. The squirrels love them. We chatted amiably with the Hunt’s and their three generation family crew. Shep got to feed their chickens–he talked about the “chicken food” all day long. This year’s tree farm trip was loads of fun and  made for a nice kickoff to the holiday season. 

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