Despite the fact that we have an artificial Christmas tree, and despite the fact that our tree has been decorated and lit for the past 3 weeks, the kids and I spent last Saturday morning visiting a Christmas tree farm.
Madison County is home to a number of Christmas tree farms, and I wanted the kids to have the experience of seeing where Christmas trees actually come from, meeting the farmers, and enjoying the scenery.
They loved this little field trip. I carefully selected this particular farm because it advertised the toy trains that they have on display, as well as the free candy canes, hot chocolate, and coloring books for children. It did not disappoint!
The boys’ favorite part of the trip, no surprise, was the train track. It went inside and outside of a building via tunnels, so there were a number of different places where they could stand to view the engines.
Gibbs studied the trains for a very long time,
while Casey studied (and climbed on) a nearby tractor.
The boys talked to Caleb, one of the farmhands, and learned how to shake the needles from a tree and how to wrap a freshly-cut tree in netting.
They also entertained themselves by playing in the pine needles,
Please ignore the bed head.
running through the trees (bright orange coats helped me keep track of them!),
and throwing sticks into a small stream.
The rows of trees also made for a great game of hide-and-seek!
Again, please ignore the bed head.
We will definitely return to the farm next year, and maybe we’ll even buy a tree next time!