“We’re kicking off our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.” — Clark Griswold
The Christmas Tree. What used to be a tradition for many, cutting down their own tree, has been replaced by plastic, aluminum, or just buying it from a Boy Scout. But, there was a time when the whole family got together to traipse thru the woods looking for that perfect tree. Saw and ax in hand, looking for that one tree that wouldn’t fit in your front yard, let alone your living room.
The tradition still continues for many in the North. Christmas Tree farms are plentiful in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Usually, a snowfall has happened, and there is something breathtakingly wonderful about picking your own tree.
Not into being all “Sappy” during the holidays? Most farms will cut it down for you. TIP: To get sap off your hands try hand sanitizer.
Here are some of our picks for Christmas Tree Farms you should visit: (Visit sites for dates and times, but most start allowing cutting around Thanksgiving)
- Mistletoe Christmas Tree Farm – Stow, MA. – Small family-owned Christmas Tree Farm, who sells the experience. This year they will have precut Fraser fir trees from 5′ up to 16′, and cut your own trees from 8′ up to 15′. the TV movie “Spruces and Pines” was filmed here. But, even more importantly, they foster dogs in need of forever homes. Maybe you can get that gift that keeps on giving..puppy love..while there!!
- Sleighbell Christmas Tree Farm – Sutton, MA.- Sleighbell has been providing families the memorable, holiday experience of choosing their own freshly cut Christmas tree for the last 20 years. We are located right in the heart of Massachusetts and have a wide selection of groomed Christmas trees on 14 wooded acres. Sleighbell is the ideal setting to catch some holiday spirit and create memories that will last well beyond the Christmas season!
- JB Tree Farm-Alexandria, PA-“At picturesque JB Tree Farm in beautiful Central Pennsylvania, our goal is to provide a place for our customers to enjoy God’s amazing creation while building traditions based on seasonal celebrations. We strive to provide events for our guests that will do more than simply sell our products. We try to create opportunities for families and friends to share happy times together, to begin and continue traditions, to truly appreciate the awe-inspiring beauty of God’s natural world.” 7 different kinds of fir, spruce and pine. Daily hayrides and Nigerian dwarf goats…what’s not to like???
Helpful Christmas Tree Tips
- Cut straight at the base, not at an angle
- Once home put tree immediately in a bucket of hot water
- As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
- Keep trees away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight)
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.
- Have fun!!!! Enjoy your Christmas with family and friends. Most importantly, take time to enjoy the experience.