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Snow, lights, trees, gifts, shopping, and excitement in the air means the winter season will soon be upon us, but even better, it’s the holiday season. And if you celebrate the season with a Christmas tree, then what fun to visit a Christmas tree farm for a freshly cut tree.

Tree farms in the Columbus, Ohio area:

  • Hoffman’s Farm Market, 800 Hilliard Rome Rd., Columbus, OH
  • Cackler Family Farms, 4971 Cackler Rd., Delaware, OH
  • Beck’s Christmas Tree Farm, 190 Rainbow Dr., Lancaster, OH (while at Becks, enjoy complimentary refreshments as you browse their unique gift shop)
  • Fly-A-Way Farm, Lackey Old State Rd

Follow this link for a more complete list of tree farms in the area: http://www.gardens.com/local/christmas-trees/43230

Prior to heading out for the traditional tree, information on the history of the Christmas tree might be interesting for the grandchildren. Many books on the subject are available at the local library or you can browse and read about it on the internet. The Christmas Archives by Countess Maria Hubert von Staufer has a chronological history.

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Discover the history of the Christmas tree, from the earliest winter solstice celebrations to Queen Victoria and all the way to the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree (source: http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees)

December is full of holiday fun and activities with family, friends and grandchildren. Columbus is located in central Ohio with many activities in and around the city. Columbus Zoo has The Wildlights November 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012.

If indoor activities are more your style, enjoy Ballet Met’s The Nutcracker with performances beginning on December 9th and running through December 24th at The Ohio Theatre located at 39 E. State Street. Sunday, December 11, meet the characters after the matinee performance.

Happy Holidays

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