Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree - Memories

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree - Memories

Alan Reames
Asheville NC

So, you want to cut your own Christmas Tree this year?! Very adventurous of you. In your imagination, you have one of those red hunter caps, a black and red flannel shirt, some tall leather boots, and a five foot long chainsaw, walking into the misty mountains, and pulling out the most beautiful Christmas tree ever, all in one fell 30 second daydream, right? It is adventurous to think about going out into the wild to cut your own Christmas tree, but it's quite a process, and something to think about. 

 There are many ways to go about going out to chop your own Christmas tree down, but first there are some things to consider.
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Photo by Denise Johnson on Unsplash

Where To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Not out of the vacant lot, local protected forest, or in the woods somewhere

The first question to answer is where you can find a Christmas tree to cut down in the woods. Well, here's a story I bet a lot of you (except you guys in the desert) have heard. You go over to Uncle Jim's house and he has a raggedy, mangled Christmas tree all falling apart. It's not even a fir, but a scraggly ole pine. Where did you get that tree Uncle Jim. Well, let me tell you. Last night, I had a couple of beers, and thought why don't I cut my own Christmas tree this year. I thought there must be some woods around here with a good tree somewhere, so I drove around to look, but, and promise you won't tell anyone, I couldn't find any woods close by. I thought about going over to the state park and yanking one of their trees up, but instead I saw one in that vacant lot down near the old car lot, so I got that one down in less than five minutes with my Husky chainsaw. No. You. Didn't. Well, at least you didn't take a tree out of the protected area Uncle Jim. No...but there's always next year. 

Christmas Tree Farms That Allow You To Cut Your Own

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So, there are the right places to get a tree, and the wrong places. There are actually a lot of Christmas tree farms that let people come out, pick a tree, and cut their own Christmas tree right out of the hillside. At least this way, you've bought something that has been farmed for that purpose and is therefore renewable, at least in a sense. 

For example, our family goes out to Spruce Pine NC the day after Thanksgiving every year to cut our own Christmas tree. There are actually quite a few places out that way to go to get a real mountain style xmas tree (Fraser Firs). The place we traditionally went closed down (maybe they ran out of trees? Christmas tree conservation 101 anyone!) , but the new place (to us) is Elk River Evergreens, in Elk Park NC, a little over half hour drive from Asheville. They open November 17 this year. 

There are others too, like Sugar Plum , near Spruce Pine NC .

What about you, where do you get your Christmas Tree?