Christmas tree lot brings holiday cheer to Utah families

<p dir=”ltr”><span>A Christmas tree farm in Syracuse, UT, is taking a unique approach to selling trees this holiday season. To add a personal touch and a little holiday magic, the owners of the lot have given each tree a name.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>The trees at Elfland Trees aren’t given just any name, according to co-founder Kyle Fultz. Instead, each tree is named after the “elf” who grew and cared for it.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><a href=”;sid=37712058″><span></span></a> <span>reported that the trees touched the lives of many local families in ways the folks at Elfland never had predicted.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Co-founder Todd Strong was approached by a family searching for a very specific tree, named Jessica. Strong confirmed that they had a tree with that name.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>The family then shared the heartbreaking fact that Jessica is the name of their 12-year-old daughter, who had passed away earlier this year.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Both Fultz and Strong began sharing the touching story with other customers and quickly learned that Jessica’s family wasn’t the only one requesting a special tree. By choosing trees with the same names as their loved ones, families are finding ways to bring them into their homes for the holidays even if they cannot physically be present.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Some of the name tags are purposefully left blank so that customers can name them themselves.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Kimberlee Williams’s son Tyson is serving in the Army and won’t be home for Christmas this year. Williams named her tree after Tyson to “bring a piece of him home.”</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Another customer, Melissa Durante, visited a couple of tree farms before making her way to Elfland. She saw her perfect tree the moment she walked in.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>When asked if she wanted to name the tree, Durante didn’t really understand the purpose for doing so. After she heard Jessica’s story, she had the idea to name the tree after her late-husband, Casey Archuleta.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Archuleta passed away this July in a tragic car accident. By naming the tree after him, Durante is reminded of all the fond memories and love she shared with her husband.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>”I feel like he’s with me this Christmas, because he loved Christmas… It makes me sad and happy,” Durante said. “I’m sad, because it’s my first Christmas without him, but I’m happy, because he gets to be a part of my house. Without being there, he’s there.”</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>After the perfect tree is picked, customers can’t wait to take their tree back home.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>The elves who grew and cared for the trees are happy to see them go to a new home, Fultz explained, but their new owners must give them water and care for them just as the elves did. The average tree needs about one inch of water</span> <a href=””><span>every seven to 10 days</span></a><span>, depending on the species.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Customers hope the tree naming trend continues in the future. Fultz says seeing people so happy and hearing their stories are worth the hours he spends making the name tags.</span></p>

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