Cut your own tree?

United States
December 4, 2008 8:46am CST
I just read an article about how cutting your own tree is a good family tradition for the holidays. It appears the popularity of cutting your own tree is on the rise. Have you ever done this? I've never cut my own tree. We currently have an artificle, and when we did have real trees, we would buy them pre-cut. But this may be something I'd like to do in the future. How about you?
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13 responses
• United States
4 Dec 08
I love the smell and feel of real trees. I just don't like the watering, the needles, the dying, the throwing out, the lighting, the cuts and scrapes, and the general hassle of dealing with a real tree. So, I'm firmly in the artificial camp. However, nothing quite tops the smell of a Christmas Tree ablaze with lights and ornaments. With all the environmental concerns, I'm surprised that there is a resurgence in cutting your own tree. Tree farms are normally better places because they specifically grow and replant for their business. I guess people want to get back to nature. It might be fun, but it all depends on where you live. Not everyone has access to pines that would be suitable for a Christmas tree. But I can totally see it being something everyone does together as a family. The little jokes and the working together could be really good for a family. The only thing I would hope everyone would do when cutting their own tree: plant two new trees for the one you're taking. While the trees may look great in our homes, they look a lot better in the soil. :)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Very true. The article I read though specifically stated a Tree Farm, so if I chose to cut my own tree, I'd go to a farm. Otherwise I wouldn't know if it were legal to cut the tree. Most land is owned by someone, I wouldn't want to cut a tree on someone else's property.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
That's a great idea. Especially if you want to be careful of cutting on other people's land. It's not widely thought, but cutting down a tree on someone else's land is theft in a way. It can cause a lot of legal hassles and with all that is going on around Christmas, who wants those?
• United States
1 Jan 09
Thank you very much for the best response!
@maxiebic (15)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Yes my x-husband did that one year, and it was the most funniest thing I have ever seen in my life LOL, he cut the tree down and he didnt know that the tree would be bigger then the whole living room, it was a mess but it was fun and funny and we kept cutting the tree and then finally it fit in the house, and it was beautiful I would tell you to try it, just make sure the tree will fit LOL.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Dec 08
My husband used to cut our trees every year when our children were young. But his Dad had enough property where we could cut one down of our own. We own acreage, but most of our trees are too big for Christmas trees, and we don't have any cedar much.
@alberello75 (17922)
• Genova, Italy
18 May 17
Excuse me a question, but for what reason do you have to cut trees?
• United States
20 May 17
@alberello75 For Christmas
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
4 Dec 08
We used to do that when we were kids. The people that lived behind my grandmother used to sell christmas trees. So we would go up one saturday and pick one together and then my dad would cut it down. I'd have to see if there were any where near here that does that still. For a few years we went and bought pre-cut ones in town but they were getting so expensive and it was a hassle to clean up. But the kids haven't had a real tree yet. We've been using a pre-lit artificial we got a few years ago. I miss having a real tree and we've been talking about going back to a real one maybe next year. I want the kids to experience a real tree. Plus with the ceilings in this house we could get a nice sized tree. I think that maybe we'll do that next year. They would have so much fun picking out their own tree.
• United States
4 Dec 08
Do a search on tree farms in your area. There is at least one near here. We haven't had a real tree in a few years either, it is a bit of a hassle, and buying them precut is like $30 now. Ridiculous! I spent $25 on my artificle a few years ago during an after Christmas sale. It's not prelit or anything, but it's all we need.
• United States
7 Dec 08
Growing up we would cut down our tree. We would get on the hay wagon at the tree farm.. get dropped off and pick out THE tree. We would cut the tree down, drag it to the lane where the hay wagon would pick you up..and get back on the ride! We would get back to the main part of the tree farm and they would shake out the needles and out a net meshing on it--then throw it up on the roof of the car. Next, it was time to pet the reindeer (if they were there that year) and have hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Yay tradition! Now I can't wait to have a home with my future husband and start our own traditions!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
5 Dec 08
We have an artificial tree also. I am the same way, I've had real trees before but they were pre-cut. I think it would be fun to cut our own but I think I'd wait until my kids are older to actually try it.
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
yeah.. i cut it during it's the trees birth..i mean it's birthday..it's look fine and great.
@becnh83 (806)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
if its not necessesary then why will i cut my tree? i will cut my tree if i think that could be useful already just what we did in our lot we cut out old gemelina tre because we belt a new house and we used it as our roof trusses...in that we saved a little bit of our budget..lol
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
4 Dec 08
we have done this once in our married life (21 years) and i really liked doing it. it was fun and felt very christmasy. we have bought already cut ones but mostly, we have just put up an artificial tree (its just cheaper and easier - no needles to vacuum up!)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I'm sure it's a wonderful family tradition. However, I usually stick to a fake tree and let my children decorate it. That seems to be enough of a family tradition for my house.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I have never cut down my own tree. I have always had either a pre cut tree or an artificial one. We have lots of pine trees, but not your typical Christmas pine tree otherwise I would be out in our woods cutting one down myself.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
4 Dec 08
When the kids were younger and the economy was better we used to go out to the tree farms and chose and cut our own tree. The owners always had hot chocolate to serve and they would also sell ornaments and fruit cakes and sometimes other goodies to sell too. We had a lot of fun tramping around the farm looking for just the right tree. checking it out from all angles and trying to see if it was the right size making sure it wasn't too tall. Then the kids got older and the price of even cutting your own tree went up quite a bit. The tree farmers put a lot of work into pruning to make sure the trees have good Christmas tree shapes. Would I do it again? Yes if I had the money. Noe we have an artificial one that we have had for some years now and it will have to do. I say go cut down your own tree at a farm and make a new memory. [i]Research has determined that the shelf life of fruitcake is longer than the shelf[/i].
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I think this would be great fun and a wonderful tradition. There is just one glitch for me, I moved to Florida. Real trees don't hold up so well here plus I have no idea where one might be able to cut down a Christmas tree here in the SW region. Northern Fl is a totally different story though. For me that would be about a 6 hour ride Back home I knew some people who did cut their own. i was impressed by that and only wish we could have done the same.