Yakima Family's Christmas Tree Stand A Bonding Experience
GLEED--Sunday was the kind of day that makes you want to stay in bed. But, the Niebuhr family has not been home since Thanksgiving!
They're that committed to selling Christmas trees.
When Dennis Niebuhr found out he had metal poisoning and had to quit his job as a carpenter, he and his wife Megan needed a new way to support their three kids.
"We started a fruit stand thinking that people didn't need big fancy houses anymore, which is what [Dennis] used to do, but they still needed fruit," Megan Niebuhr said. "After our good fruit season we thought, 'Well, let's try Christmas trees.'"
You'll only find fresh, locally grown trees on the Niebuhr's lot at 3120 Maple Lane in Gleed. They're living in a borrowed RV on-site to make sure the trees aren't stolen.
"For the kids it's like a little vacation," Dennis said.
"If it wasn't for generous friends we'd be camping out in the truck," Megan said.
And having the kids help out teaches them valuable lessons.
"We grew up on farms so now our kids get to work like we did growing up," Megan said. "They get to learn some good values."
Selling trees has brought the Niebuhrs closer together, and not just to keep warm.
"Megan had to start this because of my problems, but it's been great for us as a bonding thing," Dennis said. "We love working with each other."