We (Dave & Demetria) Wians married in 1978. We tree farm shopped for 2 years before coming to Williams tree farm, our oldest was 4 months old. A friend of ours, Mel Rozanski, mentioned your farm & our tradition began. Our family grew as did your farm. We walked for years caring kids & watching the magic unfold. Had rides in the old pick-up truck because I was either caring an infant or pregnant. When the horse drawn wagons came we were thrilled as much as the kids. We drove from Chicago until 1990. We bought a home in Fox River Grove. The ride is much shorter now!
We cut our tree with an ax, not a saw that we bring ourselves. The kids take turns from youngest to oldest. Now that the kids are adults our middle son, Nick, is warned not to chop it down completely so we all get turns. I love Chocolate, so when the fudge bar started so did the tradition of my sneaking off to stand in line or just buy fudge for the ride home.
Our oldest son bought a home and thought he should start his own traditions some years we all come(most) as this year and other never fewer than 5 of the 7 of us. We no longer carry the tree our sons do. Lots of little stories have evolved. The years of the bird’s nest, one year a mice nest, only one pickle. Once year we stayed so late you came looking for us in the field. In 1996 I stared a journal logging our day. We saw you on Oprah, we bought books and explained to the family where our tree comes from and why it last so long. My sisters’ family started coming in 1980 also with her 4 children and now grandchild. Oh my we’re here! Gotta get a tree! & Memories
Submitted by: The Wians family
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