Our Tree Is Up But Not Decorated Yet...
December 10, 2017 8:17am CST
As we drove to town yesterday (a bigger town than ours) to do some Christmas Shopping we noticed the places selling Trees were wiped out. If you don't have a tree by now in my area you need to visit a “cut your own” tree farm. We usually do that but not this year.... When I was 7 my Dad and Mom moved us out of the city and into the country. They bought a few acres in the boonies, they built their forever home and we children soon belonged to 4-H. 4-H was and is a club that is all over the world now. For country kids it was fun. You learned a lot. It was geared to country kids, the boys learned boy things like farming, gardening and lots more. We girls learned how to cook and sew, garden and other things too. One of the other things was reforestation... The state of New York was giving 4-H kids with the land to plant 1000 baby trees per kid for years. We had the land, the land we used to plant thousands of trees was part of a farm that my dad bought and eventually he bought the whole farm... Once planted we sort of forgot about them and just watched them grow. By the time I went to college, my parents were selling Christmas trees, they sold thousands over the years. It ended when the trees became too big. Now its a forest next to the forest that was the edge of our land. While living in Indiana years ago, taking my daughter to her dentist, a woman working there was talking about New York was where she grew up too and we laughed when she said her family bought thier Christmas Trees from my family.... its a small world. The photo above shows what used to be my Dad's garden, the tall trees on the left are some of the Christmas trees gone wild, the rest of the pines are the forest farthest down away from where I was standing when I took this photo. Funny isn't it, how just seeing a tree or lack of trees, can bring back wonderful memories. What is your favorite winter memory?
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I can't even imagine not having space. I live in a small town here in Canada but we are surrounded by farms and forests. The land my dad bought in the 1950's was over 200 acres. My sister has her side of the land (in the photo) and my brother's family has the land on the other side of the road. Since I was the wanderer, who would never be living in NY again my inheritance was money.
That was my dad's tree, he sat under it every day he was working his garden, my sister when she took over the house/land turned the garden into lawn. it is a lovely sight - except the burning bin in the back of the photo. I don't think they use it anymore, I don't think NY allows burning trash or open fires anymore.
• United States
That is neat your family was able to sell all those trees. I buy artificial trees as I hate cutting trees down. My parents always get real trees. They cut one down here the day before Christmas. Seemed like a waste to me at that point. They planted it years ago for this reason to cut for Christmas but I would have just not put a tree up at all rather then cut it and throw it away after a few days. That is so ironic that you met someone in Indiana who used to buy trees from your parents farm in upstate Ny. Small world is right! This reminds me of post @DianneN wrote about not long ago.
• Paradise, California
That is really a coincidence, that you would meet a woman in Indiana whose family bought their Christmas trees from your family. Love the photo. Hmm, I'm not sure what my favorite winter memory is. We had a lot of fun in the snow when I lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Lots of sledding and snowman building.
I haven't noticed too many tree lots this year at all. What great memories of some of the best lessons taught in 4-H, you see, I too, was a member. I learned to bake bread, sew and embroider. Although I did some embroidery before joining, I just didn't quite know all that there was to know about making the back as neat as it could have been.
4H was a big thing for us kids, we had chickens and ducks, I had horses eventually and we showed all of that in the country fair. We also showed our sewing and cooking. it was good fun as a kid... I never did learn embroidery... maybe because I was a tomboy girl..
Yes we learned the 4 H"s, head, heart, hands, and health all very important. This is the pledge we said at every meeting. I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service, and my HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
• United States
Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood growing up in the country. We have a Christmas tree farm nearby and it always makes me feel full of Christmas spirit when I pass by. I have an artificial tree but real trees just make Christmas feel more like Christmas. I'm a bit slow getting round to posts these days but hopefully your tree is decorated now?