CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Some people are already choosing Christmas trees, even before they pick out a Halloween costume. In Chicopee, Paul Bunyan’s Nursery and Christmas Tree Farm started letting people reserve their live Christmas trees even before summer had officially ended.
“When we opened on September 13th it was a Saturday morning there were people waiting at the gate as we took it down. They stop inside the store and get their tag and their packet of ribbons and they rush right out of the fields to be the first ones to tag their Christmas tree,” said Susan Lopes, Owner of Paul Bunyans.
Tagging your Christmas tree, with ribbons or other decorations, guarantees you have a tree to cut for Christmas. It has the added benefit of removing the stress of a tree-search during the holiday rush.
Cutting your own tree is a growing trend. Seeing a demand for locally grown Christmas trees, Kasmir Machowski started Paul Bunyans farm 25 years ago.
“Dairy farming has been on a decline in Massachusetts since the early 50s and I think a lot of land owners probably were looking for an alternate crop to put in so a lot of people turned to things like produce or Christmas trees,” said Machowski.
Owning a Christmas tree farm is a major investment in time. It can take 7-10 years to grow a full size tree
People aren’t just picking their tree earlier, many people are cutting their tree earlier too, creating a new thanksgiving tradition.
With proper care, these trees can last for months, so cutting early is okay.