Our Christmas tree tradition always involves sturdy boots, a saw, braving the cold and most likely a snowball fight that ends with someone crying.
There are many places around the Adirondacks to find the perfect Christmas tree. Every year my family has an open invitation to explore our neighbor’s property, but most of the time we enjoy walking the fields of one of the nearby tree farms.
My husband, since moving to the Adirondacks, doesn’t feel that a tree has the same essence if bought off the lot. He dreams of foraging through the woods with a hatchet and bringing home a tree of immense proportions, regardless if it fits in our house or not. We compromise by going to Moody Tree Farm to get the old-fashioned experience for only $6 per foot.
We arrive at Moody Tree Farm and take a walk down Candy Cane Lane for a quick tour through the gift shop. The place smells like Christmas, all peppermint and balsam.
“We are eco-friendly here,” says Jacquelyn Moody about her father’s family-run business. “No pesticides are used on our trees. We are still taking orders for trees to be shipped so people can have their Adirondack Christmas anywhere.”
Moody is busy preparing a tree to be shipped to Tampa, Florida while a Connecticut family is looking forward to receiving a box of Moody balsam boughs to be able to make their own wreath.
For some reason my son has always been the one to choose our tree so our Christmas trees have steadily gotten taller over the years. The first year the tree he picked was so small we could have tucked the balsam under one arm.
We circle around the farm and find a secluded spot. My son once again finds the perfect tree. The seven-foot balsam is lush and smells divine. After the snowball fight and tears we settle back inside the wreath-making room, watching boughs being cut to size while warming up with hot chocolate and fresh cookies. I breathe in the calming balsam smell and ease into the holiday magic.
Moody Tree Farm is located at 60 County Rt. 55, Saranac Lake (toward Gabriels). Call 518-891-2468 for hours of operations. Moody Tree Farm also operates Christmas tree lots at the Howard Johnson’s parking lot in Lake Placid and at Ace Hardware in Saranac Lake.
Other area options for a “cut-your-own” experience are Don Ham’s Christmas Tree Farm, 179 Cold Brook Rd, Vermontville, 518-892-4749, where the cost is $35 for up to an eight-foot tree. Choose a precut tree off the lot, cut your own or someone on hand will cut one for you. On the opposite side of the road is Walt Kretser’s Tree Farm, 168 Cold Brook Rd., where balsams and pines are groomed into the perfect shape. Enjoy your own holiday tradition!
Photo of Moody Tree Farm is used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com