Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas from The Rocks Estate

We’re thankful once again this year for all the folks who have visited The Rocks or ordered online during the Christmas tree season. Knowing there are trees from The Rocks emanating holiday cheer in homes throughout New England and beyond makes our holidays even brighter!

For the last minute shoppers and tree trimmers out there, The Rocks Estate will remain open right up to Christmas Eve. Our gift shop and the Rocks Marketplace are open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through December 23rd and filled with unique gifts and plenty of items for decking the halls. Christmas trees may be purchased at The Rocks as late as Christmas Eve, December 24th.  

From all of us at The Rocks ~ Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last week for online Christmas tree orders at The Rocks ~ and final weekend for Green Santa and wagon rides, too!

Christmas is just two weeks away, and we’re in the full swing of the holidays at The Rocks Estate...

If you’re planning to order a Christmas tree through our online shop, this is your last week to do so! If you live outside of New England, place your order by this Thursday, December 13th, to ensure holiday delivery. If you live within the region, the ordering deadline is next Tuesday, December 18th.

The Rocks’ own Green Santa will make his final appearance of the holiday season this Saturday, December 15th. Santa will be at the farm from 10:30 a.m. through 3 o’clock and will be handing out Christmas tree seedlings to all the good boys and girls who visit. Our horse teams will be also be tacked up and ready to give wagon rides both days this weekend. Visitors are encouraged to make reservations for the horse-drawn wagon rides through the farm.

For more details on what’s happening at The Rocks, please visit our online calendar.

For all you last-minute shoppers out there, our gift shop and the Rocks Marketplace will be open daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., right through December 23rd, and the shelves are stocked with wonderful and unique items for everyone on your list!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tree trimming tips from The Rocks

There are as many ways to trim a tree as there are Christmas trees. There are sparkling  trees, color-themed trees, and trees filled with a hodgepodge of cherished family ornaments. Tinsel, garland, white lights, colored lights. Topped with a star or an angel or Santa Claus.

The beauty of a Christmas tree is really in the eye – and the heart – of the beholder.

If you want to add a fresh, personal touch to your tree this Christmas, homemade ornaments are fun to make and can be eco-friendly, too. A few ideas:
* Snowflakes cut from recycled paper (plain, colored, or patterned)
* Holiday ribbons tied to pinecones (which could be natural or dipped in glitter) or around cinnamon sticks (which add a touch of spice to your tree)
* Old Christmas cards cut into shapes and hung with ribbon
* Garlands strung with popcorn, cranberries, and dried apples

The first step to a beautiful tree, of course, is keeping your farm fresh Christmas tree, well, fresh! When your Christmas tree was cut, over half its weight was water, so the most important thing to do is keep that tree watered. Here are some tips for maintaining your tree’s freshness throughout the holiday season:

* Before you set your tree in its stand, make a fresh cut in the trunk, about ½-inch from the bottom.
* Place your tree in water as soon as you can and make sure the reservoir of your tree stand stays filled – the base of your tree should stay submerged to ensure it does not dry out.
* Try to keep your Christmas tree away from heating sources like fireplaces, radiators, and heating vents – and out of direct sunlight – to prevent drying.
* Miniature tree lights (LED lights are most energy efficient) produce less heat than larger lights, and therefore less drying.
* Finally, when the holidays have passed and you’re ready to recycle your Christmas tree, visit to find out more about recycling options. (Christmas trees should NEVER be burned in a fireplace or wood stove, as doing so can cause excessive creosote buildup and lead to chimney fires!)

Need more tree care tips? Visit the New Hampshire Christmas Trees website for more information. 

P.S. Just a reminder that the last day to order your Christmas tree online is December 12th if you live outside of New England and December 18th if you live within the New England region!