The weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to get into the holiday swing of things. I like to hang wreaths and lights and go to one of the local tree farms and select our Christmas tree. There’s nothing quite like the real deal–-a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, beautiful-in-its-imperfections Christmas tree.
If you’re seeking a Currier & Ives experience complete with snow-blanketed countryside, horse-drawn sleighs and hot cocoa, look no further – the North Shore is the land of the Christmas tree farm. So, pack the video camera, load the the iPod, pack an old blanket for the car roof, and head to one-of-the-many local tree farms north of Boston, where you can choose a freshly pre-cut tree, or go for the truly authentic experience of walking through the forest, selecting and sawing your very own Christmas tree.
Below find a great list of locations, plus some tips for fool-proofing your trip:
- It’s imperative that you call prior to travel–check the farm of your destination tree availability and for local weather conditions if necessary.
- Some farms limit the amount of trees they sell in a season, and shut down without any web site updates, so don’t travel to the farm if you can't reach them by telephone.
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a saw & rope/bungee cord to tie down your tree.
- Bring a camera.
- Many farms are gracious enough to allow family pets on leashes - call ahead to confirm.
- When cutting your own tree, cut as close to the ground as possible (you can always trim excess stump later.) Place your tree in warm water as soon as it arrives home. Then, cut an additional 1/4" off the stump before placing the tree in a stand. Be sure your tree stump is always submerged in water, or you’ll have dried pine needles everywhere!
- If you have your heart set on a particular variety of tree, call ahead to find out what type the farm grows.
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