Choosing a Live Christmas Tree doesn't have to be complicated; it can be quite simple when you research ahead of time. This year my husband and I decided to get a fresh, cut Live Christmas Tree for the holidays, but we have never had a live tree before and didn't know what we should do. So, I began researching and never knew how much information there is. As a family we had decided we wanted to go to an actual tree farm and cut down our own. We wanted to start our own Christmas tradition.
How Do You Choose a Live Christmas Tree?
After looking up different Christmas Tree Farms I chose Bohman Christmas Tree Farm in Indiana. It is only about 45 minutes away from our home. We loaded the kids up and headed out the day after Thanksgiving. When we arrived, the whole family was excited. It was a bit crowded and very cold but everyone we met was so pleasant and eager for Christmas!
We took a wagon ride to the open fields of trees. The crowd on the wagon ride was so much fun, everyone was singing Christmas Carols and the kids were so happy. It was magical!
Once we found our perfect tree, we began to cut it down with a saw that the farm provided for us to use. We even let the boys get down and take a turn cutting it. Once it was down, we carried it up to the wagon trail. Once the wagon came back around, we put it up on the trailer and rode back to the farm.
After selecting your tree and getting it back to the farm. They have a machine they put the tree on and shake it to get rid of debris. They then take it over to a drilling machine which drills a hold in the bottom and will fit perfect on a stand they sell. You can reuse this stand in the future, and they do not charge extra to drill either. Your tree will always fit perfect on the stand and there is no need to level or get straight in the holder. Next, they bail it for you to make it easier to transport home. They even helped my husband load it on top of our van, while the kids and I enjoyed some fresh hot cocoa and candy canes.
It was truly an experience the whole family loved, and we cannot wait to go back year after year! Be sure to check out our post on How to take Care of your Live Christmas Tree.
Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.