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Our Christmas Ornament History

Since the early 1990s, Jones Family Farms has been giving a pewter tree ornaments to guests who harvest their own tree at the farm. They have also been available for purchase in our gift shop for guests who do not cut their own. Crafted and made at Woodbury Pewter, here in Connecticut, these ornaments are very special to the Jones family, and our guests - a special holiday tradition. Every year, a great deal of thought and design go into the theme and look of each ornament. 

 

Early 1990s

The first pewter ornament. Notice the farm name was still Jones Christmas Tree Farm.


 

Early 1990s

This was our first custom-designed ornament, featuring the original farm logo designed by Philip Jones, the 4th generation Jones farm who started selling his first trees in 1947.

 

1994

A large tree in a window, celebrating the 50th anniversary of our 4th generation farmers, Philip and Elisabeth Jones. The first ornament with the year printed on it.

 

1995

A friendly cardinal on a branch. The first ornament with the name Jones Family Farms.
 

1996

A wheelbarrow full of bountiful harvest. It honored the first few bounties from the Jones' Pumpkinseed Hill.
 

1997

We had a truck, very much like this one, in the yard for photo ops that Christmas season.  Holiday Gatherings is the name of our holiday gift shop, which Jean Jones brought back again that year to delight of many guests.
 

1998

Credo Rock stands at Pumpkinseed Hill and states the Jones Family motto: "Be Good to the Land, and the Land Will be Good to You."
 

1999

We geared up for a new millennium of peace and joy as a fun-loving bear sledded on the snow bringing his Christmas tree with him.
 

2000

Bells and Brocades was the theme of the season in 2000.
 

2001

With our hearts full of the September 11 tragedy that year, we added an American flag to the ornament, showing our love and suppport of all our fellow Americans.
 

2002

A return to childhood and innocence was captured with this classic doll.
 

2003

Every year Santa visits his favorite tree farm and this ornament features the jolly old elf.
 

2004

Our Wreath Barn features a hearth, designed by Philip Jones, and created from farm field stones. This ornament was in celebration of Philip and Elisabeth Jones' 60th anniversary. 
 

2005

Like many of our guests, this friendly snowman brought his own saw for harvesting his tree. 
 

2006

Trains have always been a big part of the Christmas celebrations at Jones. In recent years, a lovely model train display is featured in the gift shop windows.

 

2007

A polar bear stands tall, reminding us all about climate change and the need to stand together.  

 

2008

Jones celebrated the 1950s in 2008. This ornament included ice skates and a flexible flyer!

 

2009

This ornament is reminiscent of our current farm logo. This was the year that Gwyn Jones, 6th generation, designed our now iconic logo. She has designed many of our most beautiful recent ornaments.

 

2010

To celebrate Philip Jones, the 4th generation farmer who started the Christmas tree operations, and all he means to the farm, we brought back his original tree farm stationary logo.

 

2011

In 2011, we featured a magnificent Christmas tree, waiting for a family to find it and bring it home.

 

2012

This year we shined the pewter and the result was this sparkling snowflake composed of Christmas trees.

 

2013

The dove symbolizes our hope that we can dedicate ourselves to a new world where children can be safe. This ornament is in loving memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their families.

 

2014

We selected our John Deere Model B tractor for our 2014 ornament to symbolize the tradition of hard work that goes into bringing our crops to harvest.

 

2015

This ornament is a tribute to Philip H. Jones, Jr. who passed away in 2015, almost 97 years old. On the ornament, Philip is pictured, waving farewell, from his 1953 Pilothouse Dodge pick-up, the primary truck used here from 1953 to 1965. We’re grateful for all the happiness he brought to our family and farm.

 

2016

This ornament was a celebration of the joys of Christmas caroling. As important as the Christmas tree is the music that surrounds this special season. No other holiday has so many celebration songs as does Christmas!.
 

2017

The playful Gingerbread people remind us how Christmas tree season is a wonderful time for baking traditional holiday favorites with one's family. Our farm has a long tradition of creating and baking signature farm cookies.

 

2018

This ornament celebrates the tradition of Christmas Elves, as illustrated by this unique, 2-sided creation of a girl elf on one side, and a boy elf on the other - the first of our two-sided ornaments. Christmas elves are known for their friendly, industrious attitudes, just like our farm staff.

 

2019

This year's ornament reflects on the meaning of Christmas through the symbols of stars and angels as told in the Christmas story, how wise men "followed yonder star" to a manger in Bethlehem.

 

2020

The 2020 ornament featured grandparents hugging their grandchildren. Through the pandemic year, this is what all of us wanted for Christmas - to gather with family and give them a hug.

 

2021

The 2021 ornament featured the wildlife that lives in the habitat provided by the farm and the tree fields. The side shown here is the farm in winter, with the owl, squirrel, and chickadee. The reverse side is a summer scene, with deer, fox and a cardinal.

 

Be Good to the Land and the Land will be Good to You.

Philip James JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912