Tales from a Texas Christmas Tree Farm by Darrell Bain
When a couple in their forties move to the country and start a Christmas tree farm, with no idea at all of what they are getting into, you have all the makings of some hilarious stories. From start to the present day, read about everything you never knew about Christmas trees and how they're grown and marketed. Darrell and Betty did things two ways: the wrong way first, of course, which is what makes the book funny, from selling trees with aphids in them to hired hands who shaved trees to the bone to lost pets and endearing lost children, to grandmas trying to keep track of kids to wily customers trying to pull a fast one, all of them out searching for that "perfect tree". Prequel to Life on Santa Claus Lane.
Darrell Bain is the author of more than three dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to humorous non-fiction. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, and suspense thrillers.
Darrell served thirteen years in the military as a medic and his two years in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.
While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in East Texas for many years. It became the subject and backdrop for some of his humorous stories and books.