One of my favourite memories as a girl was picking out our Christmas tree. This only happened every 5 or 6 years though as we would get a live tree which we placed in a massive pot, decorated, cared for until after Christmas and then planted in our backyard until the following year when we dug it up (this could be a challenge when the ground was frozen) and brought it in again. This was repeated yearly until the tree became too large to bring in and took up it’s permanent home in our yard. Then, back to the tree farm to pick out another one.
Unfortunately we aren’t yet able to continue this tradition with our kids as we have limited space (both inside and outside) but instead of heading out to the local tree lot this year, which is usually all we have time for, we decided to go to a local Christmas tree farm and cut our own tree. I wasn’t exactly sure the address of such a place but we headed east on Hwy1 towards Langley and before long we spotted a sign for the Dogwood Tree Farm, we took the 232nd exit and from there followed the signs right to the farm itself.
It was Sunday evening and it was just about to get dark. It looked incredibly busy as there were cars lined up along the street and people attaching trees to roof racks as we pulled in. Fortunately there was plenty of parking in the small gravel lot as we had arrived at the end of the day. We were greeted by a friendly man who handed us a saw and advised us that there was no hurry but the sun was setting and when it’s dark ‘all trees look perfect’.
It was a really fun experience for the kids wandering among the small, medium and large trees of varying types and because there were few people around anymore it felt like we were alone in the woods briefly.
Once the ideal tree was picked Sean and the kids cut it down and carried it back to be measured. The cost is determined by the height of the tree and the type of tree. You may also want to hang around for a bit around the fire pit with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the beauty of the scenery and wonderful smell of Christmas.
The Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm is located at 8659 252 St in Fort Langley. Don’t forget to bring cash as they don’t have debit or credit available.
A Miss604.com guest post by Jennifer Miles
Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.