If you celebrate Christmas and haven’t already put up a tree, it is probably on your to-do list. Most face two choices: bring out the artificial tree, or buy a real tree. Artificial trees are great in that they are already paid for, and can be put up in a short time especially if they have lights already installed. Real trees bring a little more of an old fashioned Christmas to the room. They can usher in the smells of Christmas’ past and give you the feeling of carrying on nostalgic traditions in your own home. But often the trees found in Christmas Tree lots were chopped down weeks before they arrived, sprayed with green paint and are already losing their needles by the time you get the lights hung. So real tree lovers will sometimes pause and consider a third option, cutting down a fresh tree from a Christmas Tree farm. But who really does that anymore and who has the time to drive out to the country just to cut down a tree and aren’t we supposed to be opposed to cutting down trees for environmental reasons?
Well there are Christmas Tree Farms that allow customers to pick out and cut down their own trees very close to the Chicago Metropolitan area. If you live in the suburbs there may even be one around the corner. In the southwest suburbs you can find Ide Christmas Tree Farm on 83rd street in Downers Grove, which charges just $60.00 for any tree you cut down regardless of the size. Just drive in, search for the perfect tree with your friends or family, chop it down and bring it home. Bring your own saw or rent one from the farm for $5.00. Tree hauler wagons are available to help you haul the tree to your car, and twine is also available. The only other thing you may want to remember is a camera to capture this event. As to the environmental question, this is a farm, and the trees are grown as crops so it is as environmentally friendly as buying produce.