New generation carries on wreath-making business

New generation carries on wreath-making business in West Knoxville

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"My dad's dad done it. Started out on Market Square mall. My Paw Paw started when it was Market House," said wreath maker Sam Rauhuff. "My dad's dad done it. Started out on Market Square mall. My Paw Paw started when it was Market House," said wreath maker Sam Rauhuff.
Sam Rauhuff's father and his grandfather made and sold wreaths and he remembers helping them out at a very young age. Sam Rauhuff's father and his grandfather made and sold wreaths and he remembers helping them out at a very young age.
The Rauhuffs sell their Frasier fir and Boxwood wreaths plain or decorated and in shapes like Christmas trees, stars, and candy canes. Prices vary depending on size. The Rauhuffs sell their Frasier fir and Boxwood wreaths plain or decorated and in shapes like Christmas trees, stars, and candy canes. Prices vary depending on size.
The Rauhuffs sell their wreaths near the new Chick-Fil-A in Bearden on Kingston Pike. The Rauhuffs sell their wreaths near the new Chick-Fil-A in Bearden on Kingston Pike.

By KRISTIN FARLEY 
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The holidays are often filled with family traditions and for one third-generation wreath maker, their family tradition is sharing their Christmas decorations like they have for decades.

At first glance it may look like just any other roadside tree stand. But when you buy something there, you could say you are buying into a family tradition.

"My dad's dad done it. Started out on Market Square mall. My Paw Paw started when it was Market House," Sam Rauhuff said as he demonstrated how to make a fresh wreath.

Rauhuff is a third-generation wreath maker. His father and his grandfather made and sold wreaths and he remembers helping them out at a very young age.

"I was about 6. I decorated, put the holly and pine cones in," he recalled.

Decades after it all started, the Rauhuffs still travel to the North Carolina-Tennessee border to pick the best Frasier firs.

They sell the trees and use the clippings and other greenery to make wreaths, garland, and holly balls. They even sell fresh mistletoe.

Rauhuff says he still has fun each and every holiday season.

"I guess if you enjoy something you don't get burned out on it," he said.

So as Rauhuff cut, clamped, and decorated his latest creation we had to ask - is this work or just a hobby?

"Its a little bit of both, " he said. "Tradition and Christmas money."

While all of this started decades on Market Square, the Rauhuff's have been along Kingston Pike in Bearden for nearly 19 years.

Sam hopes his kids will carry on the family tradition. His daughters and son currently help out, meaning future generations in Knoxville will likely enjoy the family's Christmas cheer.

"You work hard at doing this, then you pass it down," Rauhuff said.

The Rauhuffs sell their Frasier fir and Boxwood wreaths plain or decorated and in shapes like Christmas trees, stars, and candy canes. Prices vary depending on size.

Their stand will be open through December 24.

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