Growing up, the day our family decorated the Christmas tree was practically a holiday in itself. My mom would put on the Christmas music, usually a mix of Beach Boys, Luther Vandross and a little Gloria Estefan. We would haul out the tubs of Christmas decorations and work to make our tree look even better than the year before while reminiscing about memories associated with each ornament.
Of course, before we could ever get to hanging the ornaments we had to ceremonially untangle the tree lights. Then we had to string the lights and finally hang the garland.
Decorating a tree is a precious, time honored tradition and one that holds fond memories for many families. However, before you can dress a tree you have to find a tree.
Here are 3 fun ideas for your family to consider this holiday season in Lewis County.
Osborn Country Christmas
One family-friendly event is the first annual Osborn Country Christmas, occurring December 11 – 13. There will be all sorts of holiday fun for families including vendors with gift ideas, decorations, wreaths, garlands, and live Christmas trees. They will also have plenty of places for families to take holiday pictures. Santa Claus will be joining the fun for story time, hot chocolate, and cookies. Rumor has it, there might even be a surprise visit from the Grinch.
The Osborn family is asking that each family that comes to visit bring a donation of canned foods to be donated to the Lewis County Gospel Mission in Chehalis. “Here at Osborn Country Christmas, it’s not so much about opening presents but opening our hearts,” shares Joyce Osborn.
Joyce adds that there will be a station for children to write letters to soldiers deployed overseas. “While we are all at home opening gifts on Christmas morning, these soldiers are away from their families protecting our country,” Joyce remarks.
Visiting Osborn Country Christmas is an opportunity for the whole family to have fun, celebrate the season, and give a little back in return. The event will begin on Friday, December 11 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will continue Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Logan Hill Tree Farm
Another must see is Logan Hill Tree Farm, located in Chehalis. Owner Tom Smith has been in the business since 1980. A retired teacher and basketball coach from W.F. West High School, Tom began farming Christmas trees because, as he says, “I thought I needed something to keep me busy.”
Tom shares that starting a Christmas tree farm is not for the faint of heart. He says that it takes an average of eight years for a tree to grow big enough to be harvested. Additionally, weather can impact the growth of the trees. This year’s drought has caused needle loss, a big problem if you are working to grow lush Christmas trees. Supporting a local tree farmer this year is more important than ever.
Logan Hill Tree Farm opens the day after Thanksgiving. Tom shares, “People bring their families, pick their tree and cut it down. It’s a tradition.” Tom says that after your family has picked the perfect tree, you bring it up to the house to pay. Then the tree shaken to prepare for the journey to your home.
If you’re not up for a trip out to the countryside, then there are several options in town. One option is to visit Pioneer West Garden Center located in downtown Centralia. They are currently taking orders for handmade wreaths ranging from 8 inches in diameter up to 16 inches. Prices range from $9.99 – $34.99 depending on design. Pioneer West also boasts a large selection of holiday decorations and ornaments, as well as live and fresh cut trees.
Now that you’ve found your tree, it’s time to decorate.
Visit Hubbub in downtown Centralia to find something totally unique. I stop in every year to see the collection of recycled records turned ornaments. Visit Fruffels in downtown Centralia after Thanksgiving to see their variety of unique boutique Christmas décor. Also, Central Glass Works in Centralia makes hand-blown glass ornaments that sell for $10 each. You can also find unique, handmade decorations at many of the local bazaars.
Whether your family decides to take a drive out to the country to find your tree or stay close to home. Memories for new traditions are just around the corner.