O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

STILL POND — On Saturday, a steady stream of vehicles — mostly SUVs and pickup trucks — pulled into and out of the lane off Still Pond Neck Road where there’s a Christmas tree farm that has been owned and operated by the Simmons family for nearly 40 years.

The weather was ideal for outdoor activities, though there was just enough nip in the air to remind us that the holidays are upon us.

People in the know say that the weekend after Thanksgiving is the best time to buy a “real” Christmas tree.

Thanksgiving was so early this year, Nov. 23, that a full month of picking up straggly strands of tinsel and Christmas balls that the cat knocked off the tree seemed a little much.

That pushed back prime time for tree shopping to the first weekend in December, which in these parts was drizzly, drab and foggy.

So now we’re another week into December, and the forecast for Sunday the 10th was wet and windy with a flood warning.

Saturday, Dec. 9 seemed the best option.

That’s what brought the Ditty family of Grasonville to Simmons Christmas Trees, which is open only on weekends and only during the holiday season.

Word of mouth and favorable reviews on social media draw customers from all corners of Kent County, all across Maryland and out of state as well.

Bria and Donald Ditty, making the trip with toddler Silas and 3-year-old Sadie, said an internet search led them to Simmons, where you can choose and cut your own or pick out a tree that already has been cut. There are pine, fir and spruce; all told, seven species of evergreens.

Hitching a ride aboard one of the two wagons that are available to customers who opt to choose and cut their own trees, the Ditty family was dropped off amongst rows and rows of spruce.

It took about 30 minutes and a lot of family discussion to find their perfect tree, and another 15 or so minutes for Dad, who had brought along a saw, to cut down the tree.

Then, Bria, Donald, Silas and Sadie boarded another wagon that took them back to the office, where the tree was wrapped and tied down for the trip home to Grasonville.

Simmons Christmas Trees also makes wreaths, garland and other holiday greenery from its trees.

The farm is 117 acres, with 14 acres in trees.

The first seedlings were planted in 1984; the first year for selling of cut trees was in 1989.

Four generations of the Simmons family have been active in the business.

Andy Simmons is Mr. Simmons Christmas Trees. He gets a lot of help from wife Donna, son Nathan and daughter Danielle — as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

The farm has been in the family since 1962.

While attending the University of Maryland studying agriculture, Andy rented ground from his father Tom and started planting trees. 

The first “sales” barn was the old milk house that is still standing, on the opposite side of the farmhouse as you drive down the lane.

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  1. I love the article
    We did that with the kids for so many years
    Great memories
    The Simmons family is always so helpful and made it a fun experience
    My boys loved riding the wagon , trains and especially hot chocolate

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