Shopping for a Christmas tree as a family is a great tradition. You can make it into a special occasion, even a day of it, making memories together and kicking off the holiday season with a trip to choose a tree. This can be a local farm with pre-cut trees, or perhaps something a little more rural where you have to hike to choose a tree.
Made a Tradition of it
We tried to do this the same time every year, such as the Saturday after Thanksgiving, also known as “Small Business Saturday”. We like to support our local businesses, so we shop at local farms.
In the New England area, it has always been pretty cold when we shop for our Christmas tree. Make sure to dress warmly, to minimize any complaining about cold weather. If shopping for your tree involves walking outdoors in the snow, make sure the kids are prepared with boots, snow pants, etc.
Have some rules for when it comes to picking out a tree, so that there is no fighting among siblings, and so that you do not end up with a tree you don’t really want! For example, set parameters for things like tree height or type of tree.
In addition to dressing warmly, it is fun to add in an element of bringing along some hot cocoa or going out for hot cocoa or something to eat after.
Prepare and organize holiday decorations so that you can get decorating your tree. That way you can get settled in and get started with the festivities.
Celebrate at Home
Once you are home, you can have a festive celebration, from decorating the tree to decorating around the home. This could be your weekend of decorating and doing other traditions, from having a hot cocoa bar to making snow ice cream.
Do you know I’ve never picked out a real tree? My family always did fake trees, and we do, too. I’d love a real tree.
These are great tips! I’m horribly allergic to pine, so we never get to do this, but dressing warmly is a must for any outdoor winter activity!
Shopping with kids on Christmas is so fun but we always have to establish rules and a certain amount they can spend. Otherwise, it can get chaotic.
Shopping with kids can be fun but expensive too. Haha haha. I take on these tips while shopping with my daughter.
This sounds like fun! I’ve always wanted to have a real tree for the holidays, but I stick with my fake one.
This is perfect! We’re going with my grandpa Saturday! We go every year with him and the extended family.
I have actually never had a real tree! It would be so fun!
I love Snow Ice Cream! We used to make it all the time when we were kids. We thought it was the most amazing thing.
The rules are a must for us when it comes to holiday shopping and Christmas tree. Because we need to have a base for it. Otherwise, it will be a mess and waste so much money on a tree not good for our place lol.
We used to go chop down our tree at a tree farm when I was a girl and it was a great family tradition. Those are good tips for shopping for a Christmas tree, especially agreeing on the size and height!
I haven’t had a real tree in years, but I look forward to getting one soon in the following years.
I bet the New England area is really pretty this time of year. I’d love to visit. We have our traditions here too, but I hadn’t thought of Small Business Saturday. I like the idea of supporting that one.
I’ve never had a real tree due to the fear of a house fire. Plus my allergies would go crazy. But these are important rules if you are looking to buy a real tree. Don’t forget to keep it watered.
I want to get a live tree again. It’s just so easy to set up the fake one though and it doesn’t cost a thing.
Establishing rules to set boundaries before going out to shop for trees can help pave the way for a smooth day out!
Great family traditions for post thanksgiving. Haven’t had a live tree in years. Thank you!
Decoration of our tree is a great and fun event in our family! We have a lot of joy making it!
I do want to buy a real tree this year but am gong to stay with my artificial one to save money… anyway to save a bit here and there in this day and age we live is a good thing. I cannot wait to have s real tree though! I have Scentsy bars to mimic the c=scnet of my fake one LOL.
We have always used a fake tree and I always decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving. I do think it’s fun to go to a tree farm to get a real tree.
These are awesome tips for us to take note of and really consider. Especially with parents’ kids out there! Christmas tree shopping is also a great family bonding moment!
Have you ever tried cutting down your own tree? It’s a tradition that’s really taking off here in Germany. But I don’t know if it would be really fun for young kids…
Thanks for the tips!
These are really a great tips! Thank you so much for sharing!