One of my favorite parts of Christmas is gathering the family together and heading out to find the perfect tree. Over the years, we have gone to many places to get the tree: sometimes we go to tree farms, sometimes we stop at tree stands, and sometimes we head to nurseries where we choose a live tree. We talk of one day heading out to the national forest, where trees can be found in the wild (with a permit, of course). While each place has its merits, my favorite by far is the tree farm.
I like the neat rows of trees, varying in height and density from recently planted saplings to large, heavily-boughed mature trees. I like learning (again and again, year after year) about the different varieties of evergreens. I like tromping across frozen or snowing ground, pointing out each tree’s merits and discussing the finer points of tree aesthetics. The greatest moment, of course, is once we’ve agreed on a tree and we all take a turn with the saw.
Take this tradition a step farther this year with a few days at our Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins. This is an ideal option for families that live in the city, a good distance from the nearest tree farm. We are located close to several such farms: Shady Rest Tree Farms (about 3 miles); Sexton Christmas Tree Farms (about 12 miles); and Hudler Carolina Tree Farm (about 30 miles) are just a few.
Leaving home and stepping out of the routine can help make the holidays feel much more special. Children won’t be hurrying off to see friends and parents won’t be tempted to get in an hour or two of work. Instead, everyone will be gathered together in a cozy cabin Blue Ridge Mountains, sipping cocoa and enjoying each others company. You can even bring the family dog, as we have several pet-friendly cabins.