Over Thanksgiving, Nick and I visited our very first tree farm to pick out a little Christmas tree for my family. I lived in the upstate NY area for many years and didn’t realize this gem of a place (Ellms Farm) was nearby! They have a tractor trolley to take you from field to field, a fire pit to defrost your hands by, adorable farm animals, and a free hot cocoa station (…I always knew where to find my husband). With our luck, it was one of the coldest days yet so we made sure to bundle up in cozy scarves and our SOREL boots. I’ve been loving their insulated weather boots as an alternative to rubber rain boots when I know I’ll be out in the cold for a long period of time.
Above, ambitious tree novices on the trolley, trying to decide between visiting the tall (7 – 8 feet) or extra tall (10 – 12 feet!) tree fields. Turns out a ~5 footer was already quite the workout for the two us to cut down and haul home!
I have gotten more questions on sizing about this particular style of boots, so want to reiterate that this particular style runs a little small. Once again I mistakenly thought I ordered a 5.5 in an initial post, but mine are actually a size 6 which fit fine with thicker knit socks. In most American brands I’m usually a 5 to 5.5, so I’d suggest going up half from the size you most commonly take. And for your guys, Nick says his boots run about half size small as well.
As some of you may have seen from my snapchat last week, a lesson learned was that tree cutting can be a dirty job! Don’t wear your favorite coat unless it’s easily washable (thankfully we both had scarves to shield our shoulders while hauling the tree), and be sure to pick shoes fit for trudging on a farm. These sound like no-brainers but I saw plenty of cute flats on visitors around us that got muddied. If you’re visiting somewhere with cut-your-own trees, the farm will likely have saws and twine, but bring your own workers gloves if you have ’em to protect your hands from pine needles and sticky sap.
I also lost my bet with Nick about which half of the tree is heavier to carry…I couldn’t make it beyond a few steps while carrying the pointed half ; ) Rigorous workout and all, it was so worth it to have the scent of fresh pine fill my parents’ house and to be able to decorate our first real tree with my little brothers.
Thank you Sorel for partnering on this post!