"Last year was the first time we did pre-orders and it was a great success," society member Mike Roth said last week. "They accounted for about 20 percent of our total sales."
"People allow us to trim their bushes and trees, under supervision," said society member Stan White. "We work from 9 a.m. until noon."
Volunteers spend the following week creating wreaths, boxwood trees, grave blankets, and swags.
"We work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday," White said.
The job isn't hard to learn, Roth said.
"If I can learn it, anyone can," he said.
"We do have some people who can make the wreaths or swags or trees, but they can't decorate them," White added. "Then someone else helps out."
They create items that have been ordered in advance.
Boxwood trees, wreaths ranging from 12 inches in diameter to 24 inches in diameter, two sizes of grave blankets, and window or door swags are available for pre-order. Any of the items can be decorated in gold, silver, red, blue, lavender, or other colors. The prices range from $15 to $40. Items ordered in advance can be picked up at pre-arranged times beginning the week of December 5
For advance orders, call 717-201-6024.
These items and others will be available for purchase at the society's archives, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3.
Now that the history house tour is no more, the annual Christmas greens sale has become the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's main fundraiser, Roth said.