How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

1.  Find a Christmas Tree farm near you and make sure you wear the proper outfit:  Warm coat, hat, scarf and wellie boots.

One of our favourite traditions is going to a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree.  The nearest farm to us is actually in Devon.  We’ve been coming to this Christmas tree farm for the past four years now.  We love it here.

2.  Don’t choose the first tree you think you want, but go around and look at other trees as well before making your final decision.

We chose about three trees before, deciding on the final one.

One of the trees we considered getting …

3.  Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and go as far as you can.

As for us, we went further away, mindless of the mud and the cold. It’s lovely to be lost among these trees, there’s something magical about Christmas tree farms.  It almost feels like it can go on and on and on.

 4.  Decide amongst yourselves, or even take a vote on which tree is the best for your family.  As for us, you can guess whose vote weighed the most.

5.  Stake your claim on your tree and “mark it”.  Usually, they’ll give you a tag with your name on it.

6.  Take it home and make sure you have the appropriate tree stand.  One that has can hold water in it.  Put your tree in your stand and once it’s standing, make sure you put enough water in it before you start decorating.

7.  Let the decorating commence.  Play some Christmas carols to add to the festive cheer and wear something fun like …. like an Elsa-costume.

8.  Reward yourselves with a treat.  In Little T’s case, a candy cane.  Try not to give in to more demands for a treat.  One will do.  You wouldn’t want your little ones to get all hyper.

9.  Pose in front of the tree with the silliest grin you can muster.

10.  Enjoy your tree as a family.

 And there we sat watching Harry Potter, including Doc who seemed to enjoy the movie too, though I caught many times, him stealing glances at our Christmas tree.  I have a feeling he has something up his sleeve.

What’s your tree like?

Do you have an artificial one or a real one?


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I saw the FB post about this and cracked up! Love that she dressed up to decorate and now, I feel the need for a Harry Potter marathon! 🙂

  2. Anne Russell

    We have a real tree too – just love the smell of pine!! It’s in a bucket of water in the garden waiting to be brought in and decorated on Wednesday. Maybe I’ll get my angel costume down from the loft?! x

    • Glad to know you and John have a real tree too 🙂 And yes to the angel costume, wouldn’t it be great if you could dress your lovely granddaughter in it? That would be really cute 🙂

  3. Aww that’s a lovely way to choose your tree! We have a real one too, though this year our choosing turned out to be buying the first one we picked up – it’s gorgeous though, I’m just telling myself that it means my tree picking skills have just become honed over the years!

    • Same here. The Christmas farm where we usually go to, changed hands. New management seems to know more about the trees too and one of their staff walked-us through and told us all about the variety and pros and cons of each kind of tree 🙂

  4. Coombe Mill

    What a great post, all these steps are very true, when we pick our trees we’re also looking for some of our holiday properties so we have to search for more than just one perfect tree. We generally follow these steps without even thinking about it. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • Don’t you just love finding the “perfect” tree? It’s such a lovely Christmas family tradition, isn’t it? 🙂 x

      • Coombe Mill

        Totally, we get all the kids involved too and there is always a debate which one we keep for our house!

  5. thereadingresidence

    Ah, this is lovely. We always used to go and choose a real one with my mum when my brother and I were at home, and it is a lovely tradition. We have an artificial one now, but maybe one day we’ll get back to real again! x

    • While I do love real Christmas trees, especially the smell of pine, one good thing though about using artificial trees is that you will never have to deal with vacumming the carpet with thousands of pine-needles 🙁 I’m actually dreading it!

  6. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Awww thats an amazing tree! We bought ours from the green grocers here and its small but cute. Cant wait for Christmas!!! #countrykids

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