On Friday (Dec. 6), Taylor Swift released “Christmas Tree Farm,” the first original Christmas song of her career. The nostalgic track clued listeners into a fact devoted Swifties have known “fir” years: that prior to moving to Nashville to pursue music, the superstar grew up on an actual Christmas tree farm in Reading, Penn.
While the festive factoid may be news to the casual Swift fan, her childhood surrounded by firs, pines and the Christmas spirit is something Billboard‘s Artist of the Decade has talked about a multitude of times in the press throughout her iconic career.
Below, Billboard has rounded up five times Swift “pined” for the Christmas tree farm of her childhood.
Twitter — 2019
Introducing her new song on Friday (Dec. 6), Swift tweeted, “I actually did grow up on a Christmas tree farm. In a gingerbread house, deep within the yummy gummy gumdrop forest. Where, funnily enough, this song is their national anthem.”
I actually did grow up on a Christmas tree farm. In a gingerbread house, deep within the yummy gummy gumdrop forest. Where, funnily enough, this song is their national anthem. #ChristmasTreeFarm song and video out now —https://t.co/p9Hk8blYpS pic.twitter.com/rTdGd1wIhK
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 6, 2019
Esquire profile — 2014
While kicking off the promotion cycle for 1989 in the fall of 2014, Swift opened up to former Esquire writer Scott Raab about how the environment of her childhood impacted her love for the holidays. “It was such a weird place to grow up,” she said. “But it has cemented in me this unnatural level of excitement about fall and then the holiday season. My friends are so sick of me talking about autumn coming. They’re like, ‘What are you, an elf?'”
During the interview, the superstar also detailed how her father — a Merrill Lynch financial adviser — ran the farm in his spare time. “He’d tend to the farm as his hobby. He’d get up four hour early to go mow the fields on his tractor,” she said before revealing the unique way she helped around the farm as a small child. “We all had jobs. Mine was picking the praying-mantis pods off of the trees, collecting them so that the bugs wouldn’t hatch inside people’s houses…The only reason that was my job was because I was too little to help lift trees.”
Full circle moment at the VMAs — 2015
At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift’s BFF Lorde shared a sweet moment between the superstar and her younger brother Austin. “At the afterparty austin leaned down from the banquette heaving with models in vip to whisper in taylor’s ear ‘we grew up on a FARM!!’ Way cuteeeee,” Lorde wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Big Machine Label Group — 2013
Long before she was feuding wtih her former label home over ownership of master recordings and live performances, Swift gushed about her love for Christmas in an audio clip for Big Machine Label Group between the album cycles for Red and 1989. “I grew up on a farm,” she stated. “It was a Christmas tree farm though, so that’s why I’m sort of obsessed with Christmas. Yeah, I really love Christmas, I wish it was all year round. Just like for the feeling that everybody has — everybody’s buying gifts for each other and there’s sort of a feeling about it. But I think that the fact that I love it so much is probably because I grew up on a Christmas tree farm.”
Philadelphia Magazine interview — 2008
Back before she became one of the biggest stars on Earth, Swift sat down for an interview in her home state with Philadelphia Magazine. During the chat, the then-18-year-old spoke about her life on the farm. “It was an actual Christmas tree farm. We had, like, 15 acres. It was really fun as a kid,” she said before describing the transition from her childhood in Pennsylvania to life in Nashville.
“It was easy,” she said of the move. “In Pennsylvania, I was weird. I would play singer-songwriter nights every weekend instead of going to parties. I think it’s weird to go to parties and get drunk when you’re 13, but whatever. Then I moved to Nashville and all of the sudden I was a normal kid.”