If you haven't gone out to get your Christmas tree yet this year, you may want to do it soon, especially if you like to cut your own. If you do plan on venturing out to cut your own tree this year (why haven't you gone already?), you'll want to either call ahead or check the Facebook page of the place you plan on going just to make sure they're still open.

According to the Kennebec Journal, some Maine Christmas tree farms have had to close down earlier in the season than normal because of the increased demand. The Christmas tree business is a unique one to be in for many reasons. For one, the business is hyper-seasonal and is only booming for a small portion of the year. Secondly, owners of Christmas tree farms are responsible for literally growing their own product which takes several years.

One of the farms that will be closing early is Ledge Hill Farm in Readfield. According to a quote in the Kennebec Journal from owner, Flo Clauson, “We were only open Saturday and Sunday (of last week) and when we opened on Saturday, we had the busiest day we have ever had since we have been open,” she said. “We had an unprecedented number of people at the farm.”

Tree farm owners from all across the state are speculating that this year more than others, Maine families are doing anything they can to get out of their homes and do activities together. The coronavirus has kept many Maine families from being able to go out and do normal activities this year. There were no trips to Funtown, travelling around the country was limited and, to be quite frank, people were just nervous to go out and do anything.

It's good to see the Christmas spirit is so alive this year and that people are taking advantage of the great resources of our beautiful state. It's good to get out an enjoy it every once in a while, even during a pandemic. And, let's be real, is there anything better than the smell of a fresh-cut Maine Christmas tree standing tall in your living room? No, there isn't.


James Christmas Tree 2020


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