O Christmas Tree: Area families search for Christmas tree perfection
By ASHLEY LUTHERN
1Two-year-old Hannah Abramowski pointed at a fir tree, signaling to her dad, Matt Abramowski, that this was her choice out of the hundreds available at Pioneer Trails Tree Farm.
“She picks her own tree,” Matt said. “Although, a lot of times the tree seems to find us.”
The Abramowski family traveled a few miles from Lowellville to Pioneer Trails Tree Farm on U.S. 224 to choose two trees for decoration in their home.
Before chopping down Hannah’s choice, Kathy Abramowski, her mom, brought the little girl over to the tree to ask it a question.
“She asked the tree if it wanted to be our Christmas tree,” she said. “Hannah said it said yes.”
Last weekend was a busy one at Pioneer Trails. People will drive up to two hours to find a certain tree, said Mary Jan Perdulla, whose family owns the farm.
“It’s not like going to the mall, because each tree farm has its own attributes,” she said, adding that Pioneer customers usually come from northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Even though many people are cutting back this holiday season, Perdulla said that sales so far have been brisk and even up a little bit from last year.
“Our trees are all one price, which makes it easier on families,” she said. “You know what you’re going to get with $40, wagon rides, a saw, and baling and shaking the tree.”
Although price many play a part, many families say it’s tradition that keeps them coming back.
“We’re big traditionalists. We always have a live tree,” said Tammi Redmond of Ellwood City, Pa., whose family has come out to the farm for four years.
Her son Shawn, 6, said he enjoys all of his Christmas traditions, including making cut-out sugar cookies.
With 10 varieties of trees, making a choice can be difficult, said Frank Lellio of Lowellville, who was with his wife, Ursula, and four daughters, Francesca, Julianna, Marissa and Gianna.
“Gianna said a Norway spruce, so we’ll look at that, and we’ll also consider the fraser fir,” he said.
Pioneer Trails Tree Farm’s season ends at 6 p.m. Tuesday. For more information call 330-757-0884.
Other local farms include Stepuk Tree Farm on Washingtonville Road in Canfield, 330-533-3770, and D’Apolito’s Tree Farm on Western Reserve Road in Poland, 330-758-5114.