It’s said that in 1848, the first Christmas tree made its appearance in England thanks to Queen Victoria. America soon followed suit. Early trees were adorned with fruit and live candles. Today’s trees can be themed, hung with classic or religious ornaments, lights, garland and icicles, and come in a variety of types and colors ranging from the silver to blue-green to even white and iridescent hues.
One of our local mainstays in the Christmas tradition is the holiday experience at the Briar Patch at Thornhurst Nurseries. Entering their 21st season, the Briar Patch (nestled just immediately north of Monroe County) is known for its incredibly comprehensive selection of everything that is Christmas, from ornaments, wreaths and figurines to Nativity scenes, Christmas folk art and holiday-scented, soy beeswax candles. In fact, two new scents debut this year, the “Red Apple Orchard” and “Silent Night” candles.
In addition to Christmas items, you can wrap up in a warm cape or scarf, socks and handmade mittens plus other women’s accessories. You can purchase Liztech pins and cuffs as well as food items like dips and cheesecake mixes, elk jerky and fruit butters. But among all the wondrous items they offer, one is consistently the best seller: their soy beeswax candle.
“It’s all about tradition for the repeat customers who shop here for the holidays,” owners Steve and Kathy Rector explained. “People who came here as children are bringing their children. We get a lot of vacationers and second-home owners too.”
Yards away in their nursery, the tagging of family Christmas trees had already begun in late September. Here you can find Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, and Norwegian and Colorado blue spruce trees. Thornhurst Nurseries also offers handmade wreaths, swags and garland, plus Santa visits on weekends in December.
The Briar Patch is the perfect get-you-in-the-mood place for the holidays, and in typical warm and welcoming fashion, they have even shared their mulled cider recipe on their website to replicate at home. Holiday hours are Monday-Friday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The last day for the season will be December 24.
For more information, visit www.briarpatchthornhurst.com
or on Facebook at @The-Briar-Patch-at-Thornhurst-Nurseries.