The Story of Christmas
Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 NIV
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."
--Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 New International Version
What is a year in the life of a Christmas Tree?
"To get started we have to plow the ground to loosen the soil. We then smooth the ground, mark off rows and drill holes to get ready to plant the trees. We hand plant each tree. When they are tall enough, we trim the lower limbs to make a good 'handle' at the bottom of the trunk that will fit into a stand. Then, as they grow, we trim and shape each tree to help it have a uniform “pretty” shape. This is usually done once or twice during the year. Around Thanksgiving we have Fraser Fir trees brought in from the mountains of North Carolina (these will not grow around our area). We sell these and use some in making wreaths and decorations. We do all this because we enjoy sharing this special time of year with others and because everyone who comes by always has a smile on their face. We raise and sell Christmas Trees because we love the joy it brings to others."
Do you only sell Christmas Trees?
No, We use cuttings from our trees that we grow and from the Fraser Firs to make fresh wreaths, swags, table and door decorations. You can purchase them plain or we have handmade bows and an assortment of decorated items.
What makes Shine and Lee's Christmas Trees the best choice (or unique) when compared to other tree farms?
I don't know that we are a better choice when compared to other tree farms but we do have a few things to offer our customers. We provide hand saws to cut your own trees or we can assist you with cutting one down. When you have selected your tree we place it on a machine that shakes any debris or 'bird nests' out. We then can drill a hole in the bottom of the trunk for a heavy duty tree stand (which we sell and can be used for many years). After shaking and drilling your tree we can bale it for easy transport. When you get it home all you have to do is stand it up and cut the netting off. The tree will open and it is ready to decorate.
Why are real trees and decorations a better choice than artificial ones?
Real trees are 100% biodegradable. You have the smell of Christmas with a real tree. You get the experience of checking out many different trees to choose the “Just Right” tree rather than going to the department store and bringing it home in a box. While the artificial tree collects dust in the closet or attic, the birds build nest and raise their young in the boughs of the growing trees while the rabbits and squirrels run and play around them. We enjoy the fresh air from the oxygen given off by the Real trees. You don't have to worry about disposing of a real tree in a land fill and it taking years to decompose. It can be recycled and chipped up for mulch to be reused. There is no need to worry about putting the tree together and taking it down to store it every year or worrying about what chemicals it is made of.