One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our annual excursion to a Christmas tree farm to pick out that perfect Christmas tree. We look forward to this all year long.

I love to drive to a Christmas tree farm on a cold winter morning with my bow saw. We spend hours browsing through miles of Christmas Trees with my bow saw. I love the way that the tree smells as I am cutting it down.

After we have found the perfect Christmas tree, it is time to go to the Cafe (every good Christmas tree farm has one) and have lunch. Most tree farms also have a large fireplace that you can sit around and drink some hot apple cider. Sitting around the fireplace with my family and some hot apple cider is truly one of my favorite things in the world. I look forward to this all year long.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a Christmas tree farm is to ensure that the Christmas tree farm has the species of tree that you desire. If you are unfamilar with the various species of Christmas trees, here is a list of the types of trees and what you can expect from each of them.

  • Fraser Fir: This is by far my favorite species of tree. With it's short needles, perfect shape, and pleasant evergreen scent, this species makes for the perfect Christmas tree. Another favorite aspect of this tree is that the needles stay on it for a long time, which makes it possible to buy it right after Thanksgiving.
  • Douglas Fir: This species of tree has brillant blue green colored needles. One of the problems that I have with the Douglas Fir is that the branches are sometimes too close together to hang ornaments like I like I prefer.
  • White Pine: This is the first of the long needle Christmas trees with needles sometimes reaching five inces long. This tree's needles are also soft, but the good thing is that not many of them will end up on the floor underneath your tree. One thing I don't like about the white pine is that it has very little of the pine scent. I enjoy waking up in the morning and smelling the pine scent in my house. It helps me to get into the Christmas spirit.

These are only a few of the types of Christmas trees that are available. I have provided you with a few of the types of trees that i have used myself.

Of course, everyone has to get a tree for Christmas. It is just a huge part of the whole Christmas tradition in my house. There are several fine looking artificial trees, but I have been cutting down trees since I was a boy and it just would not be Christmas without my real tree.

Instead of going shopping for presents on Black Friday, I take my children and we go to the Christmas tree farm. Let me tell you this, it can be every bit as hectic at the tree farm as it is at Best Buy while competing for door busters.