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Michael J. Doyle
Families flock to farms for an evergreen holiday ritual
Families flock to farms for an evergreen holiday ritual

The combination of warm weather and a Sunday without a Ravens game triggered a line of cars that bumped up a gravel and dirt driveway to Doyle's Christmas Tree Farm in White Hall on Nov. 27. Michael Doyle and his son, Dan, wore T-shirts on the 65-degree day and introduced themselves to newcomers and greeted repeat customers like family. Joe and Shannon Comegna and their sons, 10-year-old Kyle and Ryan, 5, knew the routine after chopping down a tree at Doyle's last year. The Middle River family picked Thanksgiving weekend to go three shopping because it was free of indoor lacrosse games or swimming lessons. They had their pick from 6,500 Douglas firs planted on 10 acres....

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