Alice Cobaschi, 8 was assisting customers dressed up a Christmas elf, while younger brother Caleb, 6, assisted at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. They took their masks off for the photo. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Alice Cobaschi, 8 was assisting customers dressed up a Christmas elf, while younger brother Caleb, 6, assisted at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. They took their masks off for the photo. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Christmas tree season is off to an early start

People are ‘bored’ with staying home due to COVID-19 and want to decorate early, farm owner believes

Traude Holmes, a grandmother of three, came all the way from North Vancouver to help her family pick and cut a Christmas tree at an Aldergrove u-pick Christmas tree farm on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29.

“I’ve never done this before,” the saw-wielding Holmes confessed, smiling as her son and daughter-in law carried the tree out for wrapping.

Tannbaum Tree Farm co-owner Diana Cobaschi helped the Holmes family push their purchase through a tree bailer to compress the branches and wrap the tree in mesh for easier transportation.

Luka Vaantstra, 5, from Langley, used a wagon to pull sister Everly, 1, while Mom Karen and dad Stephen toted their large-sized tree.

“We may need to raise the ceiling in the living room,” Stephen joked.

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Tannenbaum owners Diana and husband Ben said the Christmas tree season appeared to be off to an early start, with higher-than-usual sales numbers.

Diana reported selling 68 trees on Saturday, Nov. 28, their first day, and 52 on Sunday, the most opening weekend purchases they’ve seen in the five years the family has been operating the farm.

“We don’t see this many sales until the first week of December,” Diana estimated.

Ben thought the spike in activity was because people are “bored” being stuck at home during the pandemic.

“They want to get their decorations up sooner,” he theorized.

Diana said they had people “calling us in the middle of November,” about getting trees.

And no, they don’t take reservations.

“You can’t mark off a tree and tell 300 people they can’t cut it,” Diana laughed.

Daughter Alice Cobaschi, 8 was helping customers, dressed up as a Christmas elf, while younger brother Caleb, 6, assisted.

“I can show you where the big trees are,” an enthusiastic Alice told one visitor.

This year, because of the need to maintain social distancing, the family is wearing masks when buyers are present, reminding visitors to maintain social distancing, and they have regretfully announced they won’t be serving complementary refreshments or providing a campfire as in previous years. Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St. is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Christmas.

READ MORE: ‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Canadians planning to buy a live Christmas tree this season should start shopping now and expect to pay more, the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association says.

Farmers anticipate 2020 will be a record sales year. Association head Larry Downey says it’s simple supply and demand: a shortage of trees coupled with a greater appetite from people hoping to liven up their living spaces amid widespread stay-at-home orders.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

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Traude Holmes, a grandmother of three, came all the way from North Vancouver to help her family pick and cut a Christmas Tree at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Traude Holmes, a grandmother of three, came all the way from North Vancouver to help her family pick and cut a Christmas Tree at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Luka Vaantstra, 5, from Murrayville, used a wagon to pull sister Everly, 1 at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Luka Vaantstra, 5, from Murrayville, used a wagon to pull sister Everly, 1 at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Diana Cobaschi awaited customers at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 . This year, due to COVID-19, they cancelled their usual complementary refreshments and campfire (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Diana Cobaschi awaited customers at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 . This year, due to COVID-19, they cancelled their usual complementary refreshments and campfire (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Diana Cobaschi helped a family push their purchase through a tree bailer to compress the branches and wrap the tree in mesh for easier transportation at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Diana Cobaschi helped a family push their purchase through a tree bailer to compress the branches and wrap the tree in mesh for easier transportation at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A buyer attached a purchase to the roof of his SUV at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A buyer attached a purchase to the roof of his SUV at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A family emerged with a purchase at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A family emerged with a purchase at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

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