Mr and Ms Trees came into existence with its first planting in 1997. MR stands for the land owners Michaelene and Rick Sparks, and MS stands for the co-owners Mike and Sandra Pell. The 60 acres of land that the farm is located on has been family owned since 1980, however Mike and Sandra have moved on to another venture.
Approximately 20 acres are planted in Virginia Pine Christmas trees. The pines are planted each January and harvested after four years in the ground, producing trees with an astounding approximation of an 8 ft. height. We plan to continue planting and adding to our selections each year. We want you to have a great and memorable experience on our farm.
Christmas Tree History and Tradition
The first recorded reference to the Christmas tree dates back to 16th century Germany.
The tree, used as a symbol of life, is a tradition older than Christianity and not exclusive to anyone. Tradition has it that a young priest, who later became Saint Boniface, went to northern Germany in the eighth century to convert the people there. When he arrived, he found the worshipping a huge oak tree because they believe there was a god within it, and they were prepared to sacrifice their young prince Olaf to the god. He stopped the sacrifice, chopped down the tree, and while living with them for a number of years, converted them to Christianity. One day while he was riding through the forest, there where he had chopped down the oak tree, was a beautiful evergreen tree. Because it stayed green all year round (it was ever-living) and its top pointed toward Heaven, he called it the Christ-tree. Many years later, in the 16th century, Martin Luther brought an evergreen tree into the church to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Because the service was called the Christ Mass, the tree became known as the Christmas tree. He was the first to put decoration on the tree-candles, and he told the people that the candle light should remind them of the star in Bethlehem that led the three wise me to the stable where Jesus was born.
The tradition of the Christmas tree was brought to the United States by German settlers and Hessian soldiers paid to fight in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1804 U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Dearborn (now Chicago) hauled trees from the surrounding woods to their barracks at Christmas.
In 1842, Charles Minnegrode introduced the custom of decorating trees in Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 1851, Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds loaded with trees from the Catskill Mountains to the streets or New York, and opened the first retail lot in the United States.
Franklin Pierce, our 14th president, brought the Christmas tree tradition to the White House. President Calvin Coolidge started the Nation Christmass Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923.
Since 1966, the winner of NCTA's (National Christmas Tree Association) "Most Perfect Christmas Tree Contest" has presented a beautiful, fresh Christmas tree to the president and the First Family and it is displayed in the Blue Room of the White House each year.
Updated 11-16-10 by John Foster of Earth Station Zebra