Do You Love Old Christmas?

DSC00023-768x1024If you love the lasting beauty of vintage and antique Christmas decorations, those that still shine beautifully even after 30, 50 or 100 years, make a visit to the Gift Shop part of your Christmas experience. Whether you are serious collector seeking museum-quality pieces or you are looking for a cherished heirloom or a unique one-of-a-kind gift for yourself or another, you have a large variety to choose from.

Giving Weekend to benefit Salvation Army

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NORWESCAP Family Success Center invite the community to Perfect Christmas Tree Farm on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18, for fun the entire family will enjoy, including the family dog. We open a week early to host this benefit for the Salvation Army.

The “Giving Weekend,”starts at 10:00 AM and goes to 4 PM. Hayrides and free refreshments are available throughout the day. There is a juried Wreath Making Contest with cash and other prizes scheduled at noon. This contest raises money for the Salvation Army in its effort to help families in need at Christmas.

Contestants have a limited time to complete a 12 inch wreath using fresh greens and unlimited ribbon and decorations. Before and after the contest the farm provides instruction in wreath making, bow making and wreath decorating. There is a fee of $25.00 to enter the contest that benefits the Salvation Army. Perfect Christmas Tree Farm provides wreath frames and crimping machines and all supplies. All contestant keep the wreath the make.

Additionally, we have fresh evergreen garland, wreaths and Christmas Trees, for sale. Perfect Christmas Tree Farm pledges $5.00 to the Salvation Army for every tree, wreath or evergreen roping sold that weekend. “We guarantee in writing, our trees with hold their needles until the New Year, no matter when you put them up. Take good care of a Perfect Christmas tree and it will last,” says Cynthia Curtis, co-owner of Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. “We dip our wreaths and garland in Wilt-Pruf, an anti-transpirant, so your greens will last, too. She recommends people start their holiday decorating before Thanksgiving. “Then the festive holidays last longer,” she believes.

Young and old and in-between will find interesting things do. The weekend includes free activities, entertainment and refreshments for everyone. There are sing-along hayrides, chickens to feed, house tours, and antiques. The historic 1790’s stone farmhouse is open to tour. Decorated with period furnishings and antique Christmas ornaments, it a rare look back at life in the 18th century. There are antique wagons and farm implements on display. “This is the perfect time to take family photos for your Christmas cards,” says farmer, John Curtis. “The trees in the fields are in all their glory.” Mrs. Claus and her friendly dog, Santapaws are on hand to tell stories and entertain.

So get out of the house before the holiday rush begins and enjoy a casual day and some outdoor exercise. Know you are doing good for yourself and your neighbors. Perfect Christmas Tree Farm is a dog-friendly farm. Bring your pet on a leash and a bag for waste.

Nov. 17 & 18 is the perfect time and Perfect Christmas Tree Farm is the perfect place for family fun while supporting the Salvation Army. The farm’s convenient location is easy to find. The address is 999 US 22, just 2.5 miles from I-78 exit 3. Call the farm at 908-387-1225 or NORWESCAP FSC at 908-213-2702, for more information.

NORWESCAP, the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership, is a private, non-profit corporation originally established in 1965 under the Economic Opportunity Act to serve the low-income population of Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties.

Christmas Tree Farm Grand Opening Weekends

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Happiness and holidays go together, naturally, but stress often gets in the way. At Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, in Phillipsburg NJ, on Nov. 23 and 24 you can learn a simple way to deal with stress, that is both healthy and fun. The farm, at 999 US 22, holds its first 30 minute Laughter Yoga practice starting at 10AM on both days. There is no charge.

Laughter Yoga, as developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, in Mumbai India, started with a group of 5 people in 1995. The practice has now spread to 72 countries. It combines self-induced laughter and yogic breathing. It does not involve humor or comedy. Anyone can laugh unconditionally, in a group and twenty minutes of laughter has many beneficial effects.

According to the influential Framingham Heart Study, affiliated with University of California and Harvard Medical School, “…the spread of happiness among people was found to extend up to three degrees of separation. People who are surrounded by many happy people report being happier as time goes on. This finding supports the idea that happiness spreads via social contagion with effects lasting up to one year.”

Other studies show that the brain does not differentiate between real laughter and make-believe laughter. Any prolonged laughter releases endorphins into the bloodstream. Happiness increases, stress diminishes. Body function and body healing depend almost entirely on oxygen and Laughter Yoga bring more oxygen-rich air into the lungs. Laughter is said to be the “best medicine” because it lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system.

In October 2013, Perfect Christmas Tree Farm owner Cynthia Curtis became certified as a Laughter Leader by Vishwa Prakash, at YogaLaf Studio in NYC. She has been practicing Laughter Yoga everyday since. She met with Dr. Kataria in NYC. He said a person needs to do Laughter Yoga for 40 days for permanent change to occur. Cynthia says, “I feel changed already. You are expert from the first session. Anyone can laugh. Its innocent and easy. I want to share these simple exercises, to add joy and subtract stress in the community for the holidays,” she explains further.

From 11 AM to 4 PM the farm is open for visits with Mrs. Claus. She reads stories, plays games and hands out goodies to all children. For the fun of it, there is wreath decorating and crafts, hayrides, farm animals and house tours and the Gift Shop. Southern style home-cooking is available. The farm is dog-friendly. Parking is free.

This annual Open-Early Celebration on Nov 23 and 24, attracts people who want to decorate for Thanksgiving, save money and do good. Perfect Christmas Tree Farm offers 10% off the price of trees, wreaths, garland, and decorations during the weekend. The farm donates an extra 10% of sales to the NJ non-profit, “Farmers Against Hunger,” that feeds those in need.

Laughter Yoga session begins at 10 AM. Laughter is universal, anyone can do it and what better place than at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. Attend the session and gain early entry and an exclusive hayride with farmer John Curtis, as your guide.