Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fill your home with the aroma of Christmas at Sickels

LYNN, IN – Our senses come alive during the Christmas season as we begin to see and hear the sights and sounds that let us know the holiday is just around the corner. We can feel the chill of a December day and see each breath we take. If we are fortunate enough, we will also get a glimpse of a few flurries dancing through the air lit up by an array of twinkling lights while listening to the joyous music of Christmas. Just as important as the sights and sounds are the smells of the holiday season. Who doesn’t like the aroma of cookies baking in the oven or hot chocolate warming on the stove? This year, begin your decorating with a fragrance that will remind you of the season every day – a fresh cut Christmas Tree.

Now is the time to begin a new or continue and old tradition. Sickels Christmas Tree Farm, 6366 S. US 27, Lynn, IN, makes purchasing a Christmas Tree a fun, family experience.

Duane and Marcia Sickels, owners, planted their first tree in 1987 and opened for business in 1992. Since then, the couple has helped make wonderful memories for thousands of families. The farm moved to its current location in 2001 when the first trees on the 43-acre tract were planted. The first trees from this location were sold in 2006. The farm currently boasts more than 30,000 trees with approximately 2,000 trees planted each year.

The fun begins when the family arrives. They are given a saw (you cannot bring your own chainsaw) and a cart and pointed in the direction of the type of tree they are looking for. Many of the trees are already pre-priced and tagged. Once the family cuts down their tree, it is brought back to the barn where the family has a complimentary picture taken with their tree. The tree is shaken to get rid of old needles, drilled for certain types of tree stands and then bailed to make transporting the tree easy. Sickels uses a special bailing machine to make it easier for customers to unfold their tree when they get it home. Employees will help the customer load and tie down their tree.

Sickels has several varieties and sizes of trees to choose from. The farm offers the very popular White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Serbia Spruce, Norway Spruce and Canaan Fir. The Canaan Fir continues to be the farm’s most popular tree because of its fragrance and openness, which makes for great decorating.

Even though the Frazier Fir is not adaptable to the soil conditions in the Midwest, Sickels imports the variety from North Carolina and makes the nation’s most popular Christmas Tree available to their customers.

Families can also enjoy some of the other activities available on the farm. Kids are invited to feed the goats or take part in the ropes maze. There is also complimentary hot, spiced apple cider available and parents can shop in the store’s gift shop. The store features beautiful decorations and consignments from area artisans. Some of the items available from local persons include maple syrup, cutting boards and popcorn.

Sickels Christmas Tree Farm also offers handmade wreaths and grave blankets.

Much of Sickels business is repeat customers. They have seen families that have moved away from the area that have come back to purchase their Christmas Tree.

With every tree purchased, Sickels will give the customer a plastic bag for tree removal. If you can’t find any place to take your tree after the holiday, Sickels offers a place to drop off your tree for recycling.

Sickels is open Sunday through Friday, 1-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will be open on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m. The farm is approximately 25-minutes from Greenville. Take U.S. Route 36 West to U.S. Route 27 and turn right. The farm is about two miles on the left.

Marcia Sickel arranges some of the items available for sale in the gift shop. (Ryan Berry photo) 

Duane Sickels and Kody Sauser shake a Christmas Tree to get rid of old needles. (Ryan Berry photo) 


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