Christmas Tree Hunting

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Christmas Tree Hunting

Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Does anyone else do this? As a couple, with friends, with family or whoever?

I just made it back 1/2 an hour ago from getting our xmas tree. My fiancée and her side of the family have been doing this as a tradition for many years. This is my 3rd year going with them and it's quite fun. We head to a place called Heritage Farm's near Mount Morris, Wisconsin. They have 5 main areas of tree's you can cut down, Balsam, Spruce, White Pine, and 2 others i can never remember. We generally get a tall, somewhat skinny Balsam but they are somewhat the pricey ones. They have short needles, lots of branches making it a nice full tree, and most importantly the needles are soft and not pokey.

Sadly however the weather was yucky out, rain and dense fog all day and temp below 40. Muddy out and no snow on the ground. This time last year we already had 3 blizzards come through and there was a good 1ft or more on the ground. We normally go sledding but not this year sigh.

So does anyone else here on EF do anything like this? Or do you have any other fun family traditions you like to do for Christmas?
12/03/2011
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
I did it the few years when I lived up in Montana. For a $5 permit you could cut down any one tree you wanted in the Bitterroot Forest; they gave you a strip of National Forest Service tape to tie onto the stump to show you paid for the permit so the rangers know it's legit. My ex-husband's boss and I would do it since she had four-wheel drive in her truck and the roads getting to the forest were pretty icy.

I miss being able to do that. It makes a more meaningful 'getting the tree'.
12/03/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
no really
12/03/2011
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I did it the few years when I lived up in Montana. For a $5 permit you could cut down any one tree you wanted in the Bitterroot Forest; they gave you a strip of National Forest Service tape to tie onto the stump to show you paid for the permit so the ...
I agree about it being more meaningful. I have had fake trees before, even paid for the ones that are already cut down and someone was selling them in a parking lot. But overall I enjoy getting my own. It makes things more fun rather than sitting around doing nothing.
12/03/2011
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I did it the few years when I lived up in Montana. For a $5 permit you could cut down any one tree you wanted in the Bitterroot Forest; they gave you a strip of National Forest Service tape to tie onto the stump to show you paid for the permit so the ...
It is $9 now for the permit.

My hubby and I grab a bottle of wine and go our after dark to get our tree. We have had a few interesting ones, but it was fun getting them.
12/03/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
I used to, but can't any more.
12/03/2011
EvilHomer EvilHomer
Me and the SO go to a you cut it place, we've done it in several states. This is the first year I had to lay in the snow with a box saw to cut down the tree.
12/03/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
It is $9 now for the permit.

My hubby and I grab a bottle of wine and go our after dark to get our tree. We have had a few interesting ones, but it was fun getting them.
I guess it had to go up since then (last time I did it was 2008). But it's still a better deal and quite an adventure.

Wine sounds like a marvelous idea; the ex's boss and I always took hot tea.
12/03/2011
wrmbreze wrmbreze
We haven't in years.
12/03/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
my family used to go pick out a tree, but they were ones that had already been cut down. a few years ago, though, we bought an artificial tree. lot cheaper.
12/03/2011
Ghost Ghost
I would only buy a real Christmas tree if it had roots so I could plant it.
12/04/2011
Pink Jewel Pink Jewel
No I haven't
12/04/2011
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Well, for those who have not done this yet, I do recommend you try it at least once in your lifetime. It's fun with the right people, I know not everyone get's along with their families and such. But with the right friends, or family it's a fun event to do.

I finally convinced my fiancée to get some new lights this year for the tree because she was using ones from decades ago. I'm talking about this big fat bulbs that burn up so much energy and raise the temperature inside by 10+ degrees. While they look pretty, they are more trouble than they are worth. It's pretty bad when it's -40F out and it's 85F inside without the head on because she wanted so many of those old lights on the tree. In fact, it dried out the tree so fast and practically killed it. So this year, we went with some cheaper regular x-mas lights, not the LED, but they have 16 multi-function settings which is nice.
12/04/2011
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