Jonathan Sprouffske and his two sons

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Joe Skillman '13, masters the art of balancing family, school, work and faith.

Looking for the perfect Christmas tree? Ask Jonathan Sprouffske '04 and his family who keep the holiday tradition alive and well.

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A beloved Christmas tradition is fostered by alumnus Jonathan Sprouffske '04 and his family

Jonathan Sprouffske '04 loves to people watch, especially this time of year, when folks come to his family's Christmas tree farm, Sprouffske Trees, Inc., in Rainier, to pick out a tree from among the thousands of fragrant Douglas Firs, Grand Firs and Noble Firs the Sprouffske family carefully nurtures.

"Just seeing people with their own families makes working on the farm a whole lot of fun. We run into a lot of people who come here year after year. There are families who started coming here 30 years ago, when I was just a kid, and now they're bringing their kids," says Sprouffske, whose grandfather, Fred Sprouffske, started the farm more than 45 years ago when he planted the first Douglas Fir seedlings.

Sprouffske works as an attorney for Connolly Tacon & Meserve in Olympia. But during the Christmas season, he can also be found at the farm, helping customers choose, cut and bale Christmas trees.

"Everybody works the weekends together on the farm," says Sprouffske, referring to family members that include his wife Shelley, cousins Kevin '95 and Darren '95, his Uncle Jerry, current co-owner of the farm, and even Sprouffske's three small children, who range in age from 1 to 4.

"We can always find jobs for our little kids," Sprouffske says with a wink. "They restock the candy canes, they help pick up sticks – they are happy to try to do whatever chore we give them!"