Santa and his elves ares busy again and so are the folk at the Christmas Tree Farm. They have been giving the final trims to the trees, and decorating the farm ready for the 2012 Christmas Tree Season which starts on Saturday 24th November. The McLellan family have now been growing and selling trees for 30 years and this year three generations of the family are helping out. Laurelle and Craig have been joined by their daughter, Brodie, who is helping out in the office, and her own baby daughter. At 11 months old she will be there to give her seal of approval on the Christmas wonders she sees around her.
The weather has been good to the trees this year and they are looking wonderful. The shop has been stocked with decorations from all over the world and you can find everything you need to trim your tree and decorate your house, including many items that are unique to our shop.
Even if you already own an artificial tree you could give your family a treat this year and buy a real tree. My own fake tree has been stored away for a few years now as it just does not compare to a real tree.
It has become a family tradition to visit the farm each year, not only to choose our tree but to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. I always buy some new tree decorations too, for me because I cannot resist them, and one each for my children. Two have now left home so these are for their own trees. I moved to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne earlier this year and will be able to visit the farm more often.
I am also looking forward to the fetes, markets and Christmas Festivals on the Peninsula and will be keeping you informed about what is on. Consider taking time off from the crowded department stores this Christmas, do some of your Christmas shopping on the Peninsula and come along and choose your tree. If you see me at the farm please say hello. Don’t forget to also say hello to George, our talking Cockatoo (he will probably say hello to himself too). He loves the attention and will put on quite a show for you.
The farm will be open from 9am to 5.50pm every day from 24th November to 24th December. Santa will be there at weekends as well as the cheerful volunteers from the Somerville Fire Brigade, who will be cooking up their delicious BBQ food.