Since moving to Charlotte Ryan and I have gotten our Christmas tree from a tree farm every year. It's one of my favorite traditions and although we have had to scale back on the distance we travel, we still manage to find a farm that works for us.
This year we were lucky enough to have my parents along for the ride and took them to a new to us tree farm in York, South Carolina. I selected Penland Tree Farm for their choose and cut option and because it was only 30 minutes away from our home.
We arrived around 9:30am the day after Thanksgiving and discovered a small crowd at the farm. Parking was a breeze and after a brief explanation of the process by the helpful staff, we were off to choose our family's tree. We liked the look of the "Leland" variety and after measuring a few contenders we settled upon a 6 foot tree.
My dad sawed down the tree and Mason and Ryan dragged it out to the pathway so that a worker could scoop it up and prep it for sale.
The tree was only $40 which seemed like such a deal compared to other tree lots in the city. The only drawback was that it was cash or check only so make sure to bring some cash with you or parents who happen to have cash ;)
Also this was one of the first tree farms we've been to that didn't load and tie the tree for you onto your car. It took my dad and Ryan 10-15 minutes but they were able to secure our tree safely for the drive home.
They also sold snacks (not sure what kind we didn't buy any) and had wreaths for sale.
All in all it was a great experience to share with my parents. It was especially fun to see Anderson's reaction to the trees since it was his first time joining us. Luckily Mason is an old pro and was able to show him what to do :)
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