Family traditions created at local Christmas tree farms


Picking out a real or an artificial tree to put up for Christmastime depends on a person’s preference.

As far as Dan Berry and Tricia Darlage are concerned, real trees are the way to go.

Ever since they drove along East County Road 800N near Seymour a few years ago and spotted Wynn’s Christmas Tree Farm, they have returned there each year around the holidays to find the perfect trees.

The Seymour residents stopped by Saturday to purchase two trees and a couple of wreaths. While there, they also enjoyed hot drinks, talked to Santa Claus and visited with the Wynn family.

“I just love the fresh smell,” Berry said of the trees. “And (the farm’s staff) provide really good service, and they are really nice. It’s just a great place to come and pick out a tree.”

One year, several inches of snow covered the ground and the trees, making the experience even better, he said.

“They drove us out to the field, and we picked one out and shook snow off of it,” Berry said. “That’s very different than pulling up next to the curb (at a local retailer) and picking one out.”

Darlage said she likes the family atmosphere, from the hot drinks and snacks to taking pictures as a family or with Santa Claus.

“They are a lot more knowledgeable on the types of trees and how to care for them,” she said. “They actually grow them, where you get them at the grocery store or something, they don’t know anything about them, and they can’t tell you what kind from the next what they are.”

Wynn’s is one of two Christmas tree farms in Jackson County. The other is Roberts Tree Farm at 9977 N. County Road 25E near Cortland.

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