The Magic of the Season

During this year’s Christmas Tree Season we received many wonderful photos and comments on our Facebook page from new friends and friends we’ve known for years.  Here’s one we thought we’d share . . .

“Sitting here looking at our tree, my first live one in almost 20 years, and I don’t want to take it down :)   Was our first visit to your farm. Our nearly 9 year old son had thought he had Christmas ‘figured out’ this year, and didn’t need to see Santa – he didn’t even care if we got a tree, that was until we came to your tree farm and entered the Elf Village. It came back. All of the magic. I told everyone we’d found Christmas again. Thank you.”     (Dawn W.)

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!
Wishing you all the magic of the season throughout the year.

The Sawyer Family
& The Elves

We love being a part of your holiday traditions!

News from Noel and Chris, the Christmas Tree Elves…

Whew! We had an incredibly busy and fun 2013 holiday season at Tom Sawyer’s!

ChristmasStoreOur own Elf Village was a big hit, and we’re so glad you came to visit us in our hometown.  Santa and all the elves were delighted to help make your holidays special.

There were many wonderful highlights this year. Maggie, our black Scottie pup, was welcomed into the family; and our older dog, Flippy, helped show her around the tree farm.  Maggie and the younger elves played fetch the ornaments and Hide ‘n Seek all over the Big Red Barn. Myra took good care of her, in between making wreath bows.

We dodged a lot of raindrops, and helped many families Choose and Cut their perfect tree. Our wreaths all found a happy home as well.  If you have a photograph of your wreath or tree all decorated, please upload it to our Facebook page to share the joy with others. 

The Elf Village certainly was a hopping place…Santa listened to everyone, young and old alike, who whispered their heart’s desire into his ear. All of the elves got to make ornaments, drink lots of cocoa, and eat our weight in S’mores! Time to take a jog around the tree farm now!

And, there was one more highlight for us this season. Santa brought Tom Sawyer his present a few days early ~ a sweet, six week old kitten named “Shadow!”  There’s nothing like a soft, purring kitten to cozy up with on a cold winter’s night.

We are blessed with so many friends, family, and furry little ones. Our hearts are aglow with the Light of Christmas.

We are so thankful for all of our new friends and for everyone who came back again this year! We love being a part of your holiday traditions!

Wishing You All the Happiest New Year,

~Noel and Chris, the Christmas Tree Elves
and
Everyone at Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village

Customer Appreciation Days this Weekend

News from Chris, the Christmas Elf…

The Tom Sawyer Tree Farm and Elf Village is open all weekend for family fun and holiday cheer!

The traditions continue as Christmas fast approaches. We’ve seen lots of first timers at our Elf Village, and we’ve loved seeing old friends stop by as well. One couple has been to Tom Sawyers Christmas Tree Farm & Elf Village for seven years in a row. They bring their two adorable Westies for their annual family portrait, and Maggie was thrilled to have new friends to play with! They continue their personal holiday tradition by sipping hot cocoa while riding the Polar Express Train Ride in nearby Bryson City, NC.

Hopefully, the rain will hold off this weekend so we can take you on a horse and carriage ride on Saturday. The Tom Sawyer Tree Farm and Elf Village is open all weekend for family fun and holiday cheer!

Saturday, Dec 21
Choose & Cut 9 am-5 pm
Elf Village 9 am-5 pm

Sunday, Dec 22
Choose & Cut 9 am-5 pm
Elf Village 12 pm-5 pm

Monday, Dec 23
Choose & Cut 11 am-5 pm
Elf Village 11 am-3 pm (half price Customer Appreciation Day)

All Weekend
Wreaths are half-price until our stock is gone.
Precut trees are 20% off (great for last minute shoppers!)

As a way to say Thank you, on Monday we will be opening the Elf Village with SANTA and we invite the community to come for 1/2 price (11am-3pm). If you haven’t seen Santa or want to see him one last time, this is the day to visit! If weather is inclement on Monday, the Elf Village will be partially open. Please call 742-5456 with any questions.

We’ll help you continue your family traditions, or have plenty of ideas for starting new ones of your own. We are so blessed to be part of your holiday happenings.

Counting the days,

~Chris, the Christmas Tree Elf

Holiday Fun for All Ages!

News from Noel, the Christmas Tree Elf…

The very young, along with the young-at-heart, celebrated together last week at Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village.

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Despite the wet weather, we were once again blessed as families came dressed for the weather to Choose & Cut their trees. “We refused to let the weather dampen our spirits!” one couple was heard to say.

We also enjoyed visits by several large groups! Some carpooled from their church so that 45 friends could play with us in our Elf Village. They had the best time dressing up as elves, taking photos together, and helping each other pick out trees. It’s so cute to see big people dress up like us elves!

The highlight of our week was on Thursday when two nursing homes and two preschools bused their groups over to sing and share Christmas joy together. Little ones from the preschool at Cashiers United Methodist Church, and the Hampton Preschool and Early Learning Center had fun making ornaments in the Elf Village, melted their S’mores at the fire pit, then gathered together to sing Christmas carols.

Seniors from nursing homes in Highlands and Sylva parked near the door of our Gathering Hall and were wheeled inside. While they enjoyed cider and cookies, the children sang “Away in a Manger” and “Jingle Bells.”  The seniors spent several hours at the Farm, and young and old alike had a chance to whisper in Santa’s ear before they left, lighter of heart and filled with warm memories and the Spirit of Christmas.

SpecialElves2We will be offering one more date for group visits this season. Call Nicole to reserve your spot at (828) 508-6631 or email Nicole@SawyerFamilyFarmstead.com.

Caroling all the way,
~Noel, the Christmas Tree Elf

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Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau overlooking Lake Glenville.

Just 6 miles from the Village of Cashiers, we invite you to Choose ‘n Cut your own Christmas tree, or we’ll cut one for you, then experience our magical Elf Village (weekends only) for lots of fun family and holiday festivities.   The Tree Farm is Open Daily until December 23.

See Our New Tree Farm Video!

Our friends from Beautiful Life Films have done it again!
Check out our new Tree Farm video!

Many thanks to Beautiful Life Films for their creative filming at Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village.

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Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau overlooking Lake Glenville.

Just 6 miles from the Village of Cashiers, we invite you to Choose ‘n Cut your own Christmas tree, or we’ll cut one for you, then experience our magical Elf Village (weekends only) for lots of fun family and holiday festivities.   The Tree Farm is Open Daily until December 23.

Have you watered your Christmas tree today?

We elves at Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm get thirsty throughout the day and need to drink plenty of water just like you, your pets, and your plants. So don’t forget to water your thirsty Christmas tree! Chris and I have some tips on how to keep your cut tree fresher longer:

    • Use a sturdy tree stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
    • Check the water level frequently –a tree can absorb up to a gallon of water each day, especially when it’s just been cut.
    • Keep the cut end of the trunk submerged in water.
    • Use plain tap water (any temperature is fine).
    • Keep your tree out of direct sunlight, and away from heaters and fireplaces.
    • Keep your tree in a cool room, if possible.
    • Inspect your tree lights for frayed wires, broken sockets or bare spots before installing.
    • Link together three or fewer strands of tree lights. Plug them into an extension cord before plugging into the socket. Remember to turn the tree lights off when you’re not in the room!
    • Use only non-flammable holiday decorations.
    • Keep a clear exit path from each room.
    • Don’t burn wrapping paper in your fireplace.TreeElf

 

Have a Merry Christmas!

Noel

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Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau overlooking Lake Glenville.

Just 6 miles from the Village of Cashiers, we invite you to Choose ‘n Cut your own Christmas tree, or we’ll cut one for you, then experience our magical Elf Village (weekends only) for lots of fun family and holiday festivities.   The Tree Farm is Open Daily until December 23.

Old & New Traditions

News from Noel, the Christmas Tree Elf…

We had our busiest Thanksgiving weekend ever at Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village!  The weather was perfect for visitors to explore the farm and choose their special Fraser Fir tree, wreaths and garland.

The elves pitched in to help kids line up to visit Santa, paint their cute little faces, and show them how to create ornaments to take home. We were so pleased to receive heartwarming comments like these on our Facebook page:

“The Watson family was there for another fun day of tree hunting, ornament making, sleigh riding, elf visiting, Santa’s lap sitting fun! Thank you for such an awesome place!”

“The Jordans visited Tom Sawyer’s last Saturday…such a fun family tradition!”

“We’ve been going for years!  Myra, Tom and the elves are wonderful! Enjoy your visit and hopefully it will become a tradition for you!”

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Some families are starting a new tradition this year, while others have celebrated for years at our farm and are bringing along three generations or more. We were just delighted to meet one family who rented a large vehicle so that all the grandparents, parents and children could Choose & Cut a tree together and play with us in the Elf Village. There were at least 15 of them…talk about a memorable family tradition!

Our new iPads are helping to reduce wait times, and we even have an outdoor Express Checkout for credit card purchases. We make it fun and easy to become your favorite new holiday family tradition!

Hope to see you soon,

~Noel, the Christmas Tree Elf

Fresh Christmas Trees Help the Environment

When you choose a live Christmas tree each year, it helps our environment!

Live Christmas Trees:

  • guest with dogAbsorb carbon dioxide while giving off fresh oxygen. Every acre of Christmas trees planted gives off enough oxygen to meet the needs of 18 people. Today in America there are enough Christmas trees planted that 18 million people a day are supplied with oxygen.
  • Stabilize soil and protect water supplies.
  • Provide a refuge for wildlife while creating a beautiful scenic view.
  • Are a sustainable crop. When one Christmas tree is cut down, one or two are replanted in its place.
  • Reduce the manufacture of artificial trees made from petroleum-based products that use up natural resources. Artificial trees are not recyclable and will remain in land-fills for centuries after disposal.
  • Are totally recyclable. The branches and trunk can be turned into mulch for the garden. A Christmas tree placed in the back yard will feed and shelter birds during the winter. Sunk into ponds, fir trees provide excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.

Content courtesy of North Carolina Christmas Tree Association.

Choosing the perfect Fraser Fir Christmas Tree is fun for the whole family.

At Tom Sawyer Tree Farm You can choose and cut your tree or we’ll cut it for you.  Open daily until December 23.

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau overlooking Lake Glenville. At about 3800 feet elevation, Lake Glenville is the highest large reservoir in the eastern U.S., with over 1400 acres of water surface. The lake’s cool mountain waters provide a beautiful backdrop for our farm.

Just 6 miles from the Village of Cashiers, we invite you to Choose ‘n Cut your own Christmas tree, or we’ll cut one for you, then experience our magical Elf Village for lots of fun family and holiday festivities.

 

Choose & Cut = You Choose, We Cut!

A technology update from Chris, the Christmas Elf…

On Opening Weekend, we were blessed with so many wonderful visitors at Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm & Elf Village.

Want to know where you can find old-fashioned family values combined with high tech tools?  Right here!  We are excited to have extra elves on staff, and will be using two new iPad’s to help your family choose just the right tree to take home.
Here’s how it works:

  • You meet us in the information tent next to the chimney so you can see how our trees are priced, starting at $29. Did you know that a 5-6’ Fraser fir has been cared for, fertilized, and sheared for up to 10 years? Shearing is like getting a great haircut – it develops fuller, stronger branches over time, resulting in a more beautifully shaped, healthier tree.
  • choose-treeYou get a measuring stick showing tree heights of 4’ and under, 5’ and under…all the way up to 13’ and under. So if your ceiling is 8’ high, you’d look for the perfect tree that is 8’ and under. Then, let the fun begin as your family searches through the field for your special tree!
  • Once you choose your tree, tie half of your name ticket to it and lean the measuring stick against the tree. Wave down a crew member and show them where your tree is. Then, head over to the Big Red Barn with the other half of your ticket and show it to the staff.
  • While you’re waiting, enjoy hot cider, cookies, and holiday music while you roam the gift shop or visit us in the Elf Village. Our wreath making elves have been hard at work, and Myra makes the prettiest bows! Keep an eye out for Maggie, our new Scottie puppy. She’s been tuckered out at the end of the day from all the excitement!
  • Our new iPad system allows our helpers to communicate to the gift shop that your tree has been cut, baled, and tagged, and is now ready to be paid for.
  • Drive your car to the loading depot (near the information booth and chimney) and our crew will load it for you and tie it down.

It’s good old-fashioned, high-tech fun made easy for the whole family!

Happy holidays,
~Chris, the Christmas Tree Elf

“Maggie” Helps with Opening Weekend!

A note from Noel, the Christmas Tree Elf….

Chris and I, along with all the elves, have been busy, busy, busy getting things ready for Opening Weekend on Saturday, November 23rd! The trees are ready to be harvested, and Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward to hearing about your Christmas wishes.  Oh!  And, there’s a new arrival at Tom Sawyer’s Tree Farm!

MaggieTom has a new Scottie puppy named Maggie. Her favorite games are “Fetch the Burlap Ornaments,” and “Chase the Elves!”

She’s still a puppy (only 9 weeks old) with lots of energy, so everybody laughs when she plays her games, except for ‘Flippy.’  He’s the old-timer of dogs around here and calls Maggie the Scottish Terror.   But he’s very patient and is starting to teach her the ropes about working on the farm. We love our new friend and know you will, too. You can see more pictures of Maggie in her red snowflake outfit on the Tree Farm’s Facebook page.

If you have a friendly dog or two at home who would like to meet Maggie, bring them along on a leash when you visit the Elf Village or Choose & Cut your tree.

Our craft cottage is ready for children to come and play Scavenger Hunt, decorate ornaments, warm up with cocoa, and visit Santa on the weekends.  And, don’t forget to take pictures! We’d love for you to share them on our Facebook page. Maybe you’ll even get Maggie to sit still for a photo!

Happy Holidays,

~Noel,
The Christmas Tree Elf