December 10, 2016

Choosing and Cutting the Perfect Christmas Tree

The first snow of the year made Abbey Farms a winter wonderland perfect for families looking for their Christmas tree.

Thousands visit the farm every year to cut down their own tree from the fields, which have been growing pine and spruce trees since 1949.

“The trees come in at just about a foot tall, then grow over eight years to six or seven feet. That’s something we’ve been doing year after year,” said Adam Vorin, Chief Operating Officer of Abbey Farms. “It’s a long-term game when thinking about Christmas Trees and we have over 300 acres of farmland with about 120 acres of trees with 100,000 to 120,000 growing at any one time.”

With so many trees to choose from, picking the right one can be tough.

“I don’t like one that’s too short but it doesn’t have to be that tall either but it does have to be full around the sides and it can’t have patchy spots and it has to be able to hold lots of ornaments,” said Greta Siemsen, a tree shopper.

After making your choice, it’s time to cut the tree, haul it back, and tie it to your car. But the effort is worth it.

“The thing is when you cut down your own tree they stay fresh for so long and the needles don’t drop as much compared to a precut tree,” said Pamela Siemsen, a tree shopper.

The annual event has become special to many families.

“It is a family tradition, it’s usually good for some laughs and memories and a little bit of family bonding over the picking of the tree, the fighting about the tree, the whole process is a nice family tradition,” said Pamela.

If you’re nervous about the work involved with cutting your own tree, Abbey Farms has staff and volunteers on hand to make sure it all goes smoothly.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.

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