#TwitterChristmasBakeOff

November 12, 2011

That is right! I am announcing a Twitter Christmas Bake Off for all our Twitter followers.

Our Facebook Fans have a weekly opportunity to win a free Table-top Christmas tree or Christmas wreath by posting on the Dutchman Fan Page, but our Twitter followers had nothing… until now!
This idea was not all mine. Kathy H. (@truckinwife) helped me come up with it. I tweeted how I had just made pumpkin bread and olive oil bread. Kathy responded and then we came up with the idea for a Twitter Bake Off. Following Jessa Irene’s blog and tweets (@HolidayHaven) also helped this idea come to life.
So, enough of my babble. Let’s get down to the rules on how you could win a free Fraser Fir Table-top Christmas Tree or a Fraser Fir Christmas wreath:

  1. You have to be following @DutchmnTreeFrms on Twitter
  2. You must suggest a great Christmas baking recipe that you have tried
  3. Drawings will be November 16, 23 and 30 and December 7 and 14
  4. You must use the hashtag #TwitterChristmasBakeOff

The drawings will be on Wednesday. If you win you will receive a congratulatory e-mail from me (socialmedia@dutchmantreefarms.com). I will need you to send my your choice of tree or wreath and a shipping address (No PO Boxes… and has to be within the continental USA).
Good Luck!
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Michigan Residents

November 5, 2011

Buy a fresh Christmas Tree online at http://www.atreeforchristmas.com. Shipping is Free!

Every year we offer a Choose and Cut which means choosing your own tree out of our field and cutting it yourself. This is a GREAT way to start new family traditions in your family.
We open November 19th and go through December 17th:Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 A.M till dusk.
We have a zip-line, free hot chocolate & cookies, a petting zoo, places to take family pictures, too!
$3 pony rides available on Nov. 25th & 26th and Dec. 3rd.
Free bailing on Saturday’s.
Thousands of Trees to choose from! Make it an all day family event.
9687 W. Walker Rd. Manton MI 49663
Located between Lake City MI and Manton on M-42.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us at (231) 839-7074.

Christmas Traditions

October 26, 2011

Christmas traditions are an important part of our holiday spirit. When it comes to decorating the house and tree, my wife fancies the elegant and refined Victorian Christmas decór. Ribbons, garlands and elaborate decorations awaken the spirit of Christmas within all who enter our home.Christmas wreath

Each year everyone gets to pick out a new Christmas ornament for the tree (provided by Dutchman Tree Farms, of course). This helps the children associate special Christmas memories to each ornament they picked over the years.

Baking is a big part of every Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, my wife, with kids in tow, is fond of frequenting cookie swaps. Some of our favorite baked delights include: Mexican wedding cakes, ginger snaps, Christmas cut-out sugar cookies with sprinkles (the kids won’t eat them if they don’t have sprinkles), Pfeffernuesse, and a plethora of Italian dessert breads.

As a family, we attend a Christmas eve service. After the service, but right before their heads hit the pillows, the kids open one gift. Whether we want to or not, we start our Christmas morning early! The footsteps and loud voices of excited children remind us it is time to get up. Before breakfast, the lad and lasses check to make sure they didn’t get coal in their stockings. After a delicious Christmas breakfast everyone sits down to open all the gifts under the tree. The rest of the day is spent enjoying the blessings we have in our family and friends.

With the children in bed, and a joyous day now over, my wife and I watch “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott and enjoy a few more cookies and some hot chocolate (possibly with a shot of Bailey’s).

What about your family traditions? Leave a comment and post some of your favorite cookie/dessert recipes!

A Real Christmas Tree in a Box

October 12, 2011

Only 75 Days til Christmas! If you are like me, you are already starting to stress about this year’s Christmas list. At Dutchman Tree Farms, one of the largest Christmas Tree farms in the nation, we are going out of our way to make this year’s Christmas tree hassle free for you.

A Tree for Christmas

Last year we launched A Tree for Christmas. It is a web-site from which you can order Christmas wreaths and seven different types of Christmas trees. It makes Christmas tree buying very easy. During check out you get to pick the day your tree(s) and or Christmas wreath(s) are shipped to you directly from our farm. Shipping is on us and you have our farm quality guarantee that the tree will arrive as beautiful as when it left the farm.

Since you are reading and hopefully sharing this blog, I am giving you an opportunity to receive 10% off your entire order at check out by using the promo code HASSLEFREE. You can also join our Facebook Page and by posting on our wall enter to win our weekly raffle. We are giving away a free table top Christmas tree on every Friday until December 16, As you can see we are going out on a limb to make sure your Christmas is less stressful this year.

Buy a fresh Christmas Tree online at http://www.atreeforchristmas.com. Shipping is Free!

Want to win a Free Christmas Tree? Join our Fan Page.

October 7, 2011

For this weekly raffle, all you have to do is be a fan on our Facebook Fan Page. Every Friday at 12pm we put the names of the most active fans into a randomizer and then a name is drawn. The name drawn is the winner of a Live Black Hills Spruce Christmas Tree (to be planted in your own yard OR to use as your Christmas tree) which is sent directly to the winner’s front door.

This weekly raffle will end with the drawing of the MAIN raffle on November 15 in which three names will be drawn. Winners will receive a Fresh-Cut Christmas tree (which is exactly the same as if you were to buy it from a Christmas tree lot). All participants are eligible to win the main raffle even if they already won a weekly raffle.

If you prefer to increase your chances to 100% please check out our website: http://atreeforchristmas.com/ to order your own Christmas tree and have it sent directly to your door in time for this Christmas season.

A Sad Farewell

September 25, 2011
Theresa Ladd

Theresa Ladd

“Theresa was such a pleasure to work with. Her calm and loyal demeanor will be something I will always remember. Of course, the most treasured thing is a friendship and that will never end!”

Ruth Winkel

This is just one of the many sentiments expressed as Theresa Ladd, after 19 1/2 years of loyal service, said her good-byes to Dutchman Christmas Tree Farms. It was a moment of sadness for all of us to see her go.

I only knew her for a a very brief period of time and most of our communication was via e-mail so I may not be the best person to express all she did for the Christmas tree farm. I can tell you what I do know. Her work was marked by a genuine caring for those around her and an exemplar professionalism.

This Christmas will be different than the last 19 on the farm. A member of the Dutchman Tree Farm family will not be here. We are thankful for all your years of service and ask God to bless your future wherever it may take you.

Buy a fresh Christmas Tree online at http://www.atreeforchristmas.com. Shipping is Free!

Dirty Christmas Secret Exposed

September 14, 2011

Just recently, I had to leave work immediately after a phone call to fly across the country to visit my dad; his life was hanging on a fraying thread. He had been admitted to the ICU with double pneumonia and a critical heart issue. The cause, smoking. Ever since I can remember, my dad had a cigarette in his mouth. The only time he didn’t light up was at church.

It took many years for his smoking to catch up with him, but little by little, cigarette by cigarette, his health deteriorated. He remained in the ICU sedated for weeks while doctors constantly checked on his precarious condition. I spent two weeks next to his lifeless form hoping and praying his time would not be then. Fortunately it wasn’t. After many months of learning how to walk again and other intense rehab he was on the mend.

Like everyone else he was aware of the risks of smoking. Like many smokers he thought, “It won’t happen to me”. If he had really wanted to avoid this near death experience he could have put forth the effort to stop.

I do not hate smokers, but I believe my experience can help smokers understand the potential havoc this addiction can cause on loved ones. I could have lost him. Even though he has his issues, as we all do, he is my dad and losing him would have been devastating.

So what does this have to do with Christmas? The answer is quite simple.

Most people know over 1.3 million people world-wide are smokers and an average of 443,000 Americans die of smoking each year. But what many people do not know is 3.5 million people in the United States have lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning affects the central nervous system and red blood cells. Some statistics show that lead poisoning leads to mental retardation during pregnancy, reduced mental development as a child progresses and a reduction in the child IQ. Other symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain and chronic headaches. Studies have show that exposure to high amounts of lead is the predominant cause of anemia.

Why isn’t there an aggressive campaign to combat lead poisoning as there is to stop smoking? Mathematically, the consequences of lead poisoning are more rampant than those of smoking.

PVC contains lead. California is considering a ban of the use of PVC in packaging because studies have shown PVC leeches (leaks) lead.

So the question I leave you is why would you expose yourself, and those you love, to lead at Christmas by having a PVC (a.k.a. Artificial) Christmas Tree? My dad got lucky. Are you going to take a chance and risk your health and possibly your life?

Warning found on artificial Christmas tree boxes.

Warning found on artificial Christmas tree boxes.

I am sure when smoking was becoming popular the celebrities of the time were in cigarette ads. If you visit some of these artificial Christmas tree web-sites, you will see some celebrities of our time. Do yourself a favor and think for yourself. Don’t put yourself or those you love in danger because some celebrities face was on an ad.

Treetopia

Facebook Fan of the Month

September 7, 2011

Starting this month, September, I will be choosing a Fan of the Month on our Facebook Page. Yes, you do have to be a fan in order to win.

The Fan of the month will be elected by the content he or she posts to the Dutchman Tree Farms Fan Page during the month. I love pictures, videos, witty comments, Christmas brain teasers or anything Christmas related. The more the merrier and the chances of you winning increases. Tell your friends.

At the end of this month the winner will be awarded a Dutchman Tree Farms fan ball cap. If you don’t win have no fear! You won’t be ‘boiled in your own pudding and buried with a stick of holly through your heart’ (Name that quote). You will have another chance to win the following month. At the beginning of next month I will let you know what the prize will be.

Planning the Christmas of Your Dreams

August 31, 2011

We all hear of people planning the wedding of their dreams, but what about planning the Christmas of your dreams?

Harvesting Christmas Trees

Dutchman Tree Farms would like to help you start planning the Christmas of your dreams. I have created a survey on our Fan Page in order to understand your needs to help you get the most gorgeous Christmas tree you have ever had without any hassle.

While you worry about baking Christmas cookies and drinking hot chocolate, Dutchman Tree Farms is committed to making sure the Christmas tree of your dreams arrives directly to your front door. This will give you more time to focus on enjoying the Christmas Season and less time worrying about shopping.

Buy a fresh Christmas Tree online at http://www.atreeforchristmas.com. Shipping is Free!

The Benefits of Landscaping with Pine Trees

August 16, 2011

The Benefits of Landscaping with Pine Trees Have you ever taken a drive in the outskirts of town and had a chance to inhale that wonderful smell: pine trees on a warm summer day? Now imagine having pine trees in your own yard.

Dutchman Tree Farms specializes in providing these beautiful trees for all who wish to landscape their own yards with pine trees at affordable prices.

Christmas Trees

There are a many benefits to landscaping with pine trees. A huge one is making money by selling their pine needles to mulch yards or gardens. Another, it can reduce fire danger. They are also great with increasing property privacy.

As “The Plantman” stated on his blog There’s money rotting under your pine trees”. His research tells us of “Dr. James Haywood of the USDA Forest Service in Pineville, LA, is quoted as saying that harvesting pine straw can provide more income than the timber itself. He calculates that an acre of pine trees annually can yield over $1,100.00 worth of pine straw. He furthers his study by telling his readers that a mature pine tree needs to be 8 years old before one can start harvesting the pine needles or to get a reasonable load of pine needles for mulch.” “At $1,120.00 per acre, you could see more than $19,000.00 gross per acre over the 17-year life of that stand of pine trees. And that’s money that is just rotting on the ground right now.” That’s reason enough to landscape with pine trees.

How can a pine tree reduce fire danger? A living tree in your home for Christmas significantly reduces fire potential versus a cut tree. When Christmas season is over, you can return your living tree back outdoors. Since living trees should only be in a container at the maximum for two years, homeowners can slowly add to their yards and thus not breaking the budget with buying several pine trees all at once.

A huge benefit of landscaping with pine trees is creating a natural privacy fence. Spruce trees are the best for creating this privacy fence. They are fast growing and they look best if they are not pruned or sheared.

Now readers, do you have your own reasons as to why you choose to landscape with pine trees? I would like to hear from you!

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