Selecting a Christmas Tree

We got our Christmas tree last weekend. For me, getting the tree has (almost) always meant selecting a live tree and cutting it down ourselves. As a youngster we went out into the woods behind our house to find a tree, as a young adult we’d make a day of it and drive into the forest with our dogs, now getting the tree means heading down to a local tree farm.


At the Christmas tree farm


Over the years, we’ve learned a few tricks, like standing beside the trees to get a sense of how large they really are. It is common knowledge that Christmas trees look smaller in the forest (or on the farm) than they do in your house — like they grow as you are driving them home. Standing beside the tree to get a good perspective on its size has saved us a number of times.


“Sizing” a tree.


Taking a piece of card board to kneel on as we cut is another great trick that helps to keep us a tad cleaner.

Keeping our knees just a tad cleaner.


All tree farms I’ve been on provide saws for cutting. A good sharp saw can make all the difference, especially for a body like mine which spends a lot of time indoors on a computer.

A sharp saw can make all the difference.

I love the way a fresh Christmas tree makes the house smell. I love the feel of the fresh fir needles. And I love that our cats love a good tree too.

How do you get your Christmas tree?

New Year’s Day Walk at Dorris Ranch
Chitwood, Oregon

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