Christmas Tree Hunting

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

December 4, 2005

Finding the perfect tree for Christmas isn't always easy, but there's one place where you're in charge of the selection.

After walking though a field, climbing through brush, and trampling through the woods, one couple finally found the one they were looking for.

"You really need to know what to expect in order to make it be an enjoyable time or completely up for an adventure," said Kyle Maner who found a tree with her boyfriend. "We walked all around and saw a lot of little tiny trees and then we found the perfect one."

But their perfect tree isn't perfect at all.

"When we cut it down I really liked the fact that it had the blue berries on it and everything and it looks very natural, and it doesn't look like a perfectly groomed Christmas tree, which I'm kind of fond of too," said Maner.

It's not your typical tree farm. Ash Lawn-Highland keeps things natural so you can have a walk through the woods and stumble upon your favorite Christmas tree.

"It's been a tradition for us for the past 30 years, ever since the house was opened as a museum and it's really a family activity. We really enjoy having people come up here so we hope it continues for a long time to come," said Jennifer Pharr of Ash Lawn-Highland.

The most popular trees are cedars and the only restrictions are the ones you place on yourself.

"The restrictions come with your own strength. We don't let cars drive into the field so you have to carry or drag your own tree back so it's however ambitious you're feeling I guess," said Pharr.

There are more than just trees, you can also cut branches to decorate your house. Treehunters are welcome between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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