Oh Christmas Tree

Adams County Christmas Tree Farms Offer Homegrown Holiday Traditions

NovDec2014Searching, finding, and cutting the perfect Christmas tree–it’s a holiday tradition that flourishes on Adams County Christmas tree farms. “A lot of families come year after year, going on 30 years, bringing their children and then grandchildren,” says Michael Breighner, owner of The Gettysburg (Breighner) Tree Farm. “They have the Christmas spirit, enjoying the view, smiles on their faces–those are the kinds of things that make the Christmas tree experience worthwhile.”

Click here to continue reading “Oh Christmas Tree,” my cover story in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine.

Extras: Get to “The Roots of the Christmas Tree Tradition” and learn about “Christmas Tree Tips,” online content published on the Celebrate Gettysburg blog.

The infinite, subtle variations between Christmas tree varieties is astounding. Enjoy the photos below that demonstrate why many evergreens are considered “blue” or “silver” needled. All of the photos were taken at Gettysburg (Breighner) Tree Farm in September 2014. It was challenging, waiting for a slightly overcast day, so that the lighting would appear natural for the Nov/Dec issue!

"Swiss Silver" Strain of the Concolor Fir

“Swiss Silver” Strain of the Concolor Fir

Long, Lush White Pine Needles

Long, Lush White Pine Needles

The Bluish-Green Tint of Canaan Fir

The Bluish-Green Tint of Canaan Fir

The Silvery Underside of the Normandy Fir

The Silvery Underside of the Normandy Fir

Michael Breighner talks about the relatively quick growth of a Scotch Pine

Michael Breighner talks about the relatively quick growth of a Scotch Pine

Scarring caused by deer, seen in the interior of a tree

Scarring caused by deer, seen in the interior of a tree

The Serbian Spruce is characterized by patches of silvery and dark green needles

The Serbian Spruce is characterized by patches of silvery and dark green needles

Dark blue-green Canaan Fir

Dark blue-green Canaan Fir

Side-by-Side: Comparing the Swiss Silver Strain of the Concolor Fir (left) to the standard Concolor Fir (right)

Side-by-Side: Comparing the Swiss Silver Strain of the Concolor Fir (left) to the standard Concolor Fir (right)

Christmas tree varieties are mixed throughout Gettysburg Tree Farm's 33 acres

Christmas tree varieties are mixed throughout Gettysburg Tree Farm’s 33 acres

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas with family and friends close by your very own Christmas tree!

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