Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Land of Christmas Trees

Here in the Pacific Northwest we live in the Land of Christmas Trees! Just in our beautiful state of Oregon we have 65,000 acres! The state of Washington has 25,000 acres.
Road to Trees

One can't pass the intersection of a country road, without seeing it packed with Christmas Tree signs like these!
Christmas Tree Road

We found our "new" favorite Christmas Tree Farm a few years ago.


It is estimated that last year Oregon harvested 7.5 million Christmas Trees! 92% of those trees are shipped out of the state and 45% of those go to California. So if you live in California and you have a real live tree, it just might have come from my home town!

And a bonus? This is the view from the farm where we get our trees! Isn't Mt. Hood just beautiful.


There are over 700 growers in Oregon. That's a lot of Christmas Tree farmers. We use to live next to a Christmas Tree farm. The farmer would harvest most of his trees with a helicopter. When the boys were little, they loved running out to the back of the property and watching the helicopter lift up all those trees and fly them away.

There have been years when we've gotten our tree in the sunshine, rain, sleet and wintery cold temperatures. I can't remember a year of getting a tree in the snow though.

This year the wind was having fun and the temperatures were a bit cool. So we all bundled up.
Toasty

And the fun begins! Rows and Rows of beautiful Nobles. We set out to find the perfect one. Hubby measures the height and checks the trunk. The kids are markers. LOL "stand here, don't move", as I keep trudging up one row and down the other. Then I run back and forth looking at the trees from all angles and slowly weeding my choices down.
Trees in a Line

bug in trees

Aren't the boughs of a Noble just beautiful....

Son No. 2 and Son No. 3 haul it to the truck. {do you see those poor trees in the background? I think they must have sold some boughs from some of the larger trees, for wreath making. Poor things}
Bringing Home the Tree


She looks very pretty in her new home.


Our live tree is decorated with white lights and all Red, White, Green and Santa Ornaments. I've been collecting Santa Ornaments for many years. Each year I buy one new Santa. I even have some vintage ones from my Grandparents and Great Aunt. They are my favorite. Here are a few newer ones that are favorites.




Merry Christmas from the Land of Christmas Trees!

45 comments:

Becky said...

Nice to "see" Oregon's West side. Here in Pendleton we don't have as many trees. But we'll probably be over that way in the weeks to come to visit family in Portland! Seeing Mt Hood on I-84 West always takes my breath away! We're both so lucky to live in such an incredibly beautiful state!

Pamela said...

Hello from another Oregonian quilter! That is a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood - can't see it from down here on the coast, but we'll make a Portland trip as well before the New Year.

I love how green our state is, we are definitely blessed to live in this place with such beautiful mountains, beaches and trees!

AnnieO said...

Noble firs have been our fave tree type for many years. Your prices are much better than ours here in SoCalif! Lowes was selling 8' Nobles for $88. We opted to wait until another shipment came in and paid $45 for a 6-7' tree. Love all your Santas! I haven't been to Oregon since I was 12 and drove through with my grandparents one summer on our way to the World's Fair in Spokane.

Kathy said...

That is a beautiful tree. We moved to Oregon 8 years ago and we so love the greenness of this state. We moved up from So Cal and I remember buying the trees at Christmas for upwards of $80. Now it's nice to see signs everywhere for $15. I love your ornament collection too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

A Plain Path said...

Enjoyed reading this whole post and all the beautiful photos. I love having a real tree!

Sue said...

SO pretty and so inexpensive for you in Oregon! WOW! Your tree is beautiful!

regan said...

Nobles are definitely my favorite xmas tree! But we don't have them here on the east coast! (Maybe I should start my own tree farm with Nobles....hmmmm!) The views of Mt. Hood are magnificent! I used to live in the Seattle area, and I miss the views of Mt. Rainier terribly! Thanks for the little taste of childhood....that was sweet!

Jo Anna said...

Hey Jodi! You're making me homesick!!!! LOL. Love the pictures. Hope to see Mt. Hood in person sometime this coming spring.

wayside wanderer said...

Beautiful! Noble firs are my favorite. And what GREAT prices. Wow!!!

Magicaldamselfly said...

What a beautiful tree,,,,magical! I totally love the santa's and the red's and green's as well. Thank you for all your Christmas inspirations.

Merry Christmas,
Sheila

Carla Edge said...

You're making me homesick for a NW kind of Christmas. Thanks for the photos. We are partial to Nobles. Alas...here in FL we have to get ours at the Home Depot. I sooo hope to take my boys to a tree farm sometime in their childhoods- such wonderful memories!

barb said...

Hi from chilly South Dakota. We have snow on the ground for a white Christmas I'm sure. Sadly I gave up live Christmas trees when they were just too dry. My common sense kicked in and we bought a fake. Maybe next year back to live, we've had a couple of back to back wet years now.
But I can almost smell yours! b

Karen said...

Your tree is beautiful. I love your Santa. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

Jackie said...

Locally grown, fresh tree! Sounds like loads of fun. And from the signs significantly less expensive than you can get them here.

Dawn said...

How lovely to live in Chrstmas Tree country... love your decorating ... fabulous... got an Aussie Santa????... maybe next year he he
Hugs Dawn x x x

CJ said...

Beautiful tree and the scenery while out tree hunting is gorgeous!
Love all the signs for tree farms. LOL!
Hoping we can get a tree chosen, cut and put up by Saturday (need my son to get home first). We will just go 'cross country' for it though, no groomed and refined trees for us (but I would if they were $15-20!!)
Merry Christmas!

Cathy said...

I LOVE the mountain pictures! so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your post about the Oregon trees. Your decorated tree is lovely! My husband and I took our first trip to Oregon this past summer from Las Vegas. We really fell in love with the western half of your state.

PamE. - Las Vegas

Cheryl said...

Fabulous pics...puts me in the Christmas spirit!!!

The Rx quilter said...

Oregon is so beautiful. We took a summer vacation in 2009 starting at Mt. Rainer then drove to Crater Lake. You are so blessed to live in such a lovely area of the US. Lisa in Texas

Tina said...

In our town in Rhode Island, we pay twice as much for a tree that isn't as nice. But we do love trekking out to the farm, partly because the cute baseball players work there!

Cathy H. said...

Your tree is gorgeous. I have enjoyed seeing your decorations!

Gari said...

And once again you made me so homesick for Oregon. I used to see Mt. Hood from my bedroom window and I haven't seen a good looking tree since I left there in 1959. Thanks for the great pictures.

Wendy said...

What beautiful pictures. I have a brother who lives in Bend, my oldest son moved to Portland last February and my middle son moved to Corvallis in June. I used to live in Bellingham WA and boy do I miss the northwest. Thinking about moving to Oregon myself (from NoCal) next June. Anyway, thanks for sharing...I really enjoyed your post.

Wendy said...

Beautiful! Your tree, the farm, your ornaments and most of all your family!! Thank you for sharing!! Oregon is truly beautiful, and since I live in Montana, I feel qualified to judge :)

Teresa said...

Oh, I miss the wonderful noble firs! We always had one when we lived in the PNW. Here in Montana, we finally switched to artificial (bah humbug), because it's so, so dry and combine that with our constantly burning fireplace and by Christmas, the needles would just crumble in my hand. I'd have nightmares about our house burning down!
Your tree is beautiful - I love your santa ornaments.
Merry Christmas!
Teresa

Nedra said...

What a beautiful tree Jodi! good job. We get a live tree every year, and I love the fresh pine smell in the house. Maybe our trees have come from your neck of the woods.

Kasey said...

I love your tree photos! It brings back memories of one of my oddest summer jobs- I worked on a Christmas tree plantation when I was 18 here in IN. Trust me, trees don't grow in cone shapes!

Carrie P. said...

Man, your trees are cheap.
We go to a farm and choose and cut ours too.
Your tree is simply beautiful.

BubzRugz said...

Thats a lovely series of pictures.... my husband visited Oregon some years ago when he was in the timber business.... those trees look lovely... so much nicer than my fake one!!!
Have a happy Christmas and thanks for lots of loveliness this last year.
Hugz

Robin said...

How fun this was for this south-eastern gal! Gorgeous trees and you have so many choices...and then there's Mt. Hood! Wow! breathtaking.
xo
Robin

Brenda Kula said...

It's a beautiful tree, Jodi! Wanted to tell you Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Brenda

Becky said...

Such a wonderful tradition and a gorgeous tree! They grow Christmas trees up in the NC mountains where I grew up. I miss the smell of all that fresh pine and fir sap!

The Mulberry Girl said...

I miss seeing those signs around town! I used to live across the river in Vancouver years ago. I miss Christmas up north...it seems more magical with a real tree than my stand by fake one with no smell to it!

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DeeAnn said...

Oh...I miss this so much about Oregon! When we lived in Eugene, we use to buy our trees at Madsen Tree Farm. Good times. :)

Rubina said...

Mt Hood looks beautiful. Really breathtaking. Your christmas tree looks beautiful as well. Happy holidays.
SA is boiling at the moment, so the view of the little chill yourl experiencing is really refreshing. lol.

m @ random musings said...

I miss all the outdoor christmas trees! (Here in IA it's mostly deciduous, which makes for glorious fall colors, but I am a WA girl at heart) thanks for the pics of greenery ;-)

Sallie said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful day and beautiful tree!! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

When we lived in California we would buy live trees every year. Miss those days. Live trees in Florida aren't the same, they are tiny, charlie brown looking trees compared to what we are use to. I do my tree in Snowmen, snowflakes and icicles. Usually blue, white and silver.

Gumbo Lily said...

Beautiful, beautiful noble Xmas trees! Even though we live on the prairie where there are no trees (except the ones we plant) we are only an hour and a half from the Hills where there are wild Xmas trees to cut. We just got ours a couple days ago.

Your santas are so sweet!

Jody

Gari said...

I was born and raised in Portland (view of Mt. Hood from my bedroom) but never had a fresh cut live tree there. But in IL we (DH & 4 children) would go to the tree farms and cut our own tree, even in the snow. Now we are in AL and have a Christmas tree farm right across the road....but we have a lighted artificial tree. We have our memories. Loved seeing your tree trip.

Anonymous said...

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree singing that song in school as a youngster and your site with the tree's on the lands and you and your family enjoying thax from Fl we buy maybe they come from around there renee

Cathy said...

Beautiful trees..I grew up in BC..where we also had lots of Christmas trees..brings back fond memories. Your decorations are great. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
Love following your blog and look forward to 2012.

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