BANGOR – Much of Maine is relaxing after Thanksgiving and a hectic Black Friday, but some families are kept the holiday spirit going through the weekend.
Melissa Higgins the retail manager at Sprague’s nursery said “Business has been exceptional.”
There’s no snow on the ground yet, but Christmas has come to Sprague’s Nursery. Higgins added “It seems like Christmas started really early for us. We don’t generally start getting really busy until after Thanksgiving, but this year it started like two weeks before.”
Families, riding the wave of Thanksgiving joy, are flocking to local nurseries like Sprague’s to find the perfect evergreen for their home.
One tree shopper, Jessica Sockbeson stated “We’re very particular about our trees, so between seven and a half to seven and a half – eight foot.”
Searching through a man-made forest to find the perfect one, Sockbeson added “Fraser Fir is the best one to get because they don’t drop as many needles and they last a lot better.”
And when Sockbeson was asked “Why buy a real tree when you can use the same fake one every year?” She answered “Because you gotta go real, you have to. It’s like the smell.”
Higgins added “The smell obviously is awesome.”
So real trees smell better, and tree farms put Mainers to work. Higgins stated “You’re supporting local workers. We have a crew of Christmas tree guys who work pretty much year round. So it’s really boosting the local economy rather than getting something that’s made in China and shipped in here to a big-box store.”
And once the season is over and it’s time to get rid of your tree, there can be life after death. “After Christmas, throw the Christmas tree outside. You’ll get some local wildlife, birds and stuff, that like to nest in those trees, so they’re good to have around even after Christmas… Yeah, the circle of life.” added Higgins.
Maine has been hit by a drought this year, and that does make real trees more of a fire hazard. But with the proper care, you and yours can enjoy Christmas as usual.” Higgins said “All the greenery you see here all comes from the Maine woods, so the trees didn’t have a lot of water so they are drier this year than in years past, you want to make sure you water those trees pretty regularly.”
So with safety in mind, and cold weather in the forecast, it’s time to get out and enjoy another holiday season in Maine.
Sockbeson concluded “Oh totally getting in the spirit. We’re super excited for Christmas this year!”