Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tree-trimming tips from New Hampshire

The first Christmas trees were decorated in 16th-Centrury northern Europe with fruits, candles and paper flowers. In the 500 years since, people have been coming up with new and creative ideas for trimming the tree. There are formal Christmas trees of delicate silver and gold ornaments, bright trees bursting with colorful baubles, and homey trees trimmed with homemade decorations and treasured family ornaments.


The most important part of decorating a Christmas tree is letting your own personality and holiday traditions shine through. In a tree-trimming rut? Well, here are some ideas from New Hampshire Christmas tree growers to help spice things up a bit:

* String a wide ribbon with festive colors through your tree’s branches as a garland.

* If you normally use small, white tree lights, switch things up with colored bulbs. Christmas lights are even available in efficient LED varieties now, so check out your options and see what you like.

* Pick a theme that suits your family’s style or that is reminiscent of the year just past. Love the beach? Trim your tree with shells and seashore colors. Excited for winter? Make paper snowflakes to adorn the tree. Nature lover? Figurines of birds and other animals make great tree decorations!

* Get creative and craft some new ornaments. Tissue paper flowers held by pipe cleaners are easy to make and add a pop of color to the tree.

* Bring a bit of nature inside by hanging pinecones or dried flowers on your tree.

* Spice it up with sticks of cinnamon wrapped with ribbon. Or hang candy canes from the boughs.

Of course, if you’re a traditionalist, you may cherish pulling out those old ornaments collected over a lifetime each holiday season. Some families purchase a new ornament each year to add to the collection, and we'd bet your family has some tree-trimming tradition that is followed year after year: popcorn and cranberries or silver tinsel or the special star for the top of the tree.
Whether you plan to follow tradition or break in a new idea this year, be sure to start with a beautiful, fragrant, farm fresh Christmas tree! Looking for a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm? Check out our interactive map
Happy holidays and merry tree trimming!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit at New Hampshire Tree Farms



The stark days of early November may not seem the most festive of times, but at Christmas tree farms throughout New Hampshire, folks are preparing for the coming joy of the holiday season!

Some of our farms have already shipped farm fresh Christmas trees to customers who can’t wait to deck the halls. Others have opened their gift shops for those early holiday shoppers. With shelves overflowing with ornaments, locally-crafted items, and delicious holiday treats, it’s hard not to get swept up in the holiday spirit, regardless of what the calendar says!


Wreath makers are also busy this time of year, decorating fragrant greens with pretty bows, pinecones, berries, and other merry adornments. 

Our New Hampshire Christmas tree farms generally open for business – and festive activities from sleigh rides to marshmallow roasting – mid November, with many remaining open right through Christmas Eve. So whether you’re an early bird in your holiday decorating or a last-minute shopper, our farms will be ready to help you get in the spirit of the season, trim the tree, and deck the halls.

We hope to see you soon at one of our wonderful NewHampshire Christmas tree farms!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wrapping up a great season at New Hampshire Christmas tree farms

Thanks to everyone who visited a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm this season… our growers are always happy to help customers deck the halls for the holidays!

Our small tree farms do a healthy business in only a few short weeks each year – about $4 million worth. But when folks visit our farms to find a fresh tree, a beautiful wreath, or a unique gift, they also stop along the way at local restaurants, shops, and inns. We’re glad to be a part of the Granite State’s thriving holiday industry.

To learn more about New Hampshire Christmas tree farms, check out this fun story from New Hampshire Public Radio. 

After the holidays, tree farmers get to relax a bit and enjoy some downtime. But soon we’ll be back out in the fields, planting, pruning, shearing, mowing, and fertilizing. Rest assured, when Christmas rolls around again, we’ll have plenty of beautiful trees at the ready – for years to come. We hope to see you again next Christmas season!

In the meantime, if your Christmas tree is still out on the front porch or in the yard, and you’re wondering what to do with it now that the holidays are over, visit this page of the National Christmas Tree Association’s website for recycling tips – and to see some of the cool ways recycled trees are put to good use.