Making Memories at an Indiana Christmas Tree Farm
'Just wonderful fun'
From somewhere, a tendril of wood smoke drifts in, and the laughs and shouts of families playing in the orderly ranks of trees ring as clear as holiday bells. We head out. The kids need to learn how to cut as close to the ground as possible, so we convene an impromptu family meeting on the damp earth, heads together beneath the fragrant lower branches, giggling and spitting out stray wood chips as we take turns sawing.
I lift our tree, a bushy Canaan fir, onto the handcart, and the kids alternate pulling and trying to ride as we make our way back to the barn. On our way, we meet Ann and Jason Hendricks, who started coming here 13 years ago and now bring their kids. "When we find a tree we like, we leave a child there with it and keep looking. You've got to guard them, or they'll be gone," Ann says. "It's just wonderful fun, good trees, and the kids love the peanuts."