Christmas Tree Shopping with your Special Needs Child


Topics reviewed in this article:

  • Driving to visit a tree farm
  • Challenges during the adventure
  • Frequent stops
  • Tree farm experience
  • Playground Play
  • Gift shop
  • Seeing Santa & Mrs. Clause
  • Back Home

The day after Thanksgiving, my family and I drive 2 hours to a tree farm in Wisconsin to look for the perfect Christmas Tree. This experience is exciting, tiring and challenging throughout the day. Additionally, the weather is often cold, which sometimes makes Christmas Tree picking uncomfortable.

Challenges Arise During Tree Picking Adventure

Savannah often needs to be given G Tube feedings and water in the car. During the ride, the roads are bumpy and her daddy’s driving is not so smooth. Therefore, Savannah becomes car sick and spits up, similar to vomiting. Because Savannah’s car sickness, the kids eating in the car and dealing with a real tree, car becomes a big mess.

Frequent Stops

Of course, you need to stop for gas and food during a trip even if it’s for 2 hours. After being in the car for a while, you often feel tired and cooped up. Therefore, it feels good to get some fresh air and stretch. Some people might feel car sickness especially if they are looking down at a electronic device or a book while the vehicle is moving.

Experience at The Tree Farm

At the tree farm, we spend about an hour looking for the perfect tree. When looking for a tree, you have 2 options, 1 go on a hay ride on a wagon to go to the Christmas Tree field and cut down the tree yourself. Or 2 look around in the front of the tree farm and find a precut tree, which is less time consuming and easier.

Playing on the Playground

Not sure about other tree farms, however the tree farm that we go to has a playground for the kids to play on…huge bonus. Although Savannah cannot play on the playground independently due to not being ambulatory, she watches her brothers play. Playing on the playground is fun for the kids and gives them a break from being in the car for 2 hours and looking for our Christmas tree.

Christmas Gift Shop

After we pick out a Christmas tree and wreath, we visit the Christmas shop to look for ornaments and other decorations. Christmas shopping for gifts or decorations (i.e. ornaments, signs, tree accessories) are enjoyable every year. The kids love picking ornaments that are personal to them. For example, my son loves dogs and chose a puppy ornament to put on our Christmas tree. Lastly, we purchase our items.

Seeing Santa & Mrs. Clause

Usually, Santa and Mrs. Clause are at the Christmas Shop to greet all the children to visit the tree farm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ask your children what they want for Christmas. Finally, it’s picture time of your kids and the Clauses.

Back to Home

After our Christmas tree is tied to our car, we all get in the car and head home. On our road trip home, we again have to make stops for gas and dinner. Traveling 2 hours to get the perfect Christmas tree is exhausting for us as parents and our kids. However, the time we spent together and the memories we made was worth it.

Our Christmas Tree’s New Home

After a long day of riding along in the car, stopping for gasoline and meals and shopping for a Christmas tree, accessories and decorations, seeing Santa and Mrs. Clause and playing on the playground, we are ready for Christmas.

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Savannah Smiles

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