A number of area tree farms offer a classic tree-cutting holiday experience in December 2012.
For the freshest Christmas tree possible, cut your own at a local tree farm. The National Christmas Tree Association in Chesterfield offers tips on how to find the perfect tree: And if you’ve never cut down a tree, here are some guidelines from Chesterfield’s National Christmas Tree Association: Try one of these nearby farms for your tree: Christmas Traditions Tree Farm: Heritage Valley Tree Farm Valley Farms Brushy Fork Pines Sunbrite Christmas Tree Farm
What's the story behind your favorite Christmas ornament? Whether you made it in kindergarten or it's been handed down through generations, share it on Patch.
I remember a seventh-grade classmate who complained loudly when her mother decided to make a magazine-inspired fashion statement out of the Christmas tree. Instead of hauling out boxes of old ornaments, the snow-flocked tree was covered with red bows, tiny apples and naked cherubs. That classmate believed, as I do, that a Christmas tree is meant to tell a family's history, and she missed the handmade ornaments, the mementos of family milestones and other odd bits that find themselves tied to an evergreen branch each December. We'd like to know what ornaments are special to you and your family. Is it a precious heirloom blown-glass figurine? A gift from a teacher? A souvenir of a vacation or other important event in your life? Post a …