The plan at my house this year is to get a real Christmas tree. The last few years we have skipped even putting up a Christmas tree at our house for a couple of reasons. One was because I got my decorating fix helping a friend the other was becuase we get to busy to get out all the decorations.

This year we are going to need our own tree. Normally we get enough Christmas by visiting friends and family but COVID has put the breaks on that plan. So we are going to need a tree. And being that we won't be traveling much we should have plenty of time to get out all the decorations.

Good Housekeeping recently published an article discussing Fresh trees. In the article they say you can keep a fresh tree for about five weeks so it is not unreasonable to think about getting a tree in the next few weeks.

Balsam Ridge Christmas tree farm will be opening this week in Clintondale. Their plan is to be open this Saturday and Sunday then they will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving which believe it or not is next week. They are taking reservations to visit the farm. They have set up a no cost reservation system that you can link to with the button at the bottom of this article.

According to their Facebook post they offer a variety of trees include Balsam, Fraser and Spruce. You pick out the tree and they can do most everything else accept the decorating they will leave that up to you. They have both cut your own and pre-cut trees. They also offer products for the tree including tree stands. If you are looking for something in addition to your tree they have wreaths, kissing balls and center pieces.

When you make your reservation please keep in mind that no animals are allowed on the farm including dogs. You must wear a mask and hand sanitizer will be available. I am not sure that will help with sap removal from your hands after you cut down your fresh tree but it will with germs. Remember to social distance while you are at the farm.