Hello there--you must be wondering how all this got started. My name is Sarah Monkton, and I'm the founder of this little business. I'm a Mainer who has been living in Alaska for quite a while now, and my husband is a fourth-generation Alaskan.
For years my husband and I went without a Christmas tree during the holidays. We both loved the cozy glow of a decorated evergreen, but they don't come easy up here. Being so far north, live evergreens tend to be a little scraggly. And something just didn't feel right about buying a farmed tree that had been grown far away in the Lower 48, and then sending it to a woodchipper just a couple of weeks later. It seemed like a lot of resources were going to waste. And the needles really drove my husband crazy.
An artificial tree didn’t seem right, either. A lot of chemicals are used to make artificial trees, and they take a really, really long time to biodegrade. Plus, we weren't sure a plastic tree would look right in our home.
We wanted an alternative, but there didn't seem to be any options.
So, year after year, we decorated a little houseplant with a few ornaments and tried to ignore the sense that we were missing out on something special. That worked fairly well until our first son was born. My Mom intervened from back in New England, insisting that he needed a proper Christmas tree. She was pretty persuasive. The week before Christmas I reluctantly gave my husband a friendly ultimatum--put his DIY genius to work and come up with an alternative, or suffer the prickly needle carpet left on our floor by a live tree.
My husband came home just in time on Christmas Eve, with a bundle of wood and string that soon took the form of the first Jubiltree Wooden Tree. My hero! I was skeptical at first--the first generation was a pretty rickety creation--but as we wrapped the tree with ribbon and lights a bright and beautiful tree took shape. When we were done we put presents under the tree and lit a balsalm-scented candle. All at once, I felt like Christmas had finally come to our home.
Our friends and family loved the invention. They imagined how they would decorate their own wooden tree, and asked my husband to make one for them next Christmas. We realized we were on to something, but my husband's DIY project needed a few...improvements. We took a chance, perfected the tree's design with the help of professional craftsmen, and applied for a patent. I was really proud of the quality of the second generation tree and felt sure it was something that many would want for their homes. It was an easy decision to manufacture our trees in Maine, the state I grew up in and a place I have always admired for its long tradition of wood craftsmanship, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit.
So that's how The Jubiltree Company was born.
Whether you're in Maine, Alaska, or somewhere in between, I'm glad you're here learning about our trees and reading our story. Thanks for your interest in The Jubiltree Company. My family and I wish you well this year and every year.