Oh Christmas Tree!
Preparations are underway to deck the halls at Missouri’s state capitol building.
This year, the Christmas tree that will light up the rotunda literally has its roots right here in the Heartland.
Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson, Missouri will deliver the Christmas tree.
Take a look.
Steve Meier and his wife Teresa planted this tree in 2003 from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Now, 15 years later, the white pine grew to be the 2018 winner of the state’s tree growers contest.
Merier horseshoe pines will cut the tree down ahead of a ceremony on December 13 at the capitol in Jefferson City.
For the Meier family, planting and raising Christmas trees is a very magical way of life.
“That’s part of the joy that we get out of it,” Steve Meier said. “We get to experience the happieness that goes along with this season. So many times of the year people are down and despondent but it seems like Christmas time and especially when they come out to the farm, they are joyful and happy.”
Steve says its an honor to provide a Christmas tree for the governor that was grown in the Show Me State.
The white pine is about 13 to 14 feet tall and will shine brightly outside the governor’s office for all to see.
This is the fifth time the Meier family has provided the Christmas tree for the governor.
Plan your adventure
Choose and cut Christmas tree season is officially open at Meier Horse Shoe Pines.
Visitors are quick to call it the most wonderful time of year.
In fact, for many families making a trip to a the tree farm is an annual holiday tradition.
Steve says since planting their first tree in 1981, they’ve seen about 3 generations of folks make memories at the field.
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