For as long as Kelli and I have celebrated Christmas together, it’s been a tradition that, at the beginning of the holiday season, we cut down our tree, and then set it up and trim it in the house that night with our own little tree trimming party. We look forward to it every year.
Back in New York, cutting down a live tree was as easy as heading to the local Christmas tree farm. You’ll find them all over – out on the East End of Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York. When we moved to Colorado in 2004, we discovered that tree farms of that sort don’t exist in the Rocky Mountains. But we also discovered the Front Range Christmas Tree Program, run by the US Forest Service, which has enabled us to continue our old tradition in a new and decidedly Colorado way – we buy a $10 permit, and head into the National Forest in search of a Christmas tree to cut down.