It’s easy to stop by the big-box store to pick up a Christmas tree from a parking lot full of trees that were shipped in from elsewhere to the concrete jungle, but how much holiday spirit do you get out of that? Nothing beats the experience of traveling into the mountains to pick out and/or harvest your own Christmas tree from the forest. National Forest lands are a great DIY option that only require a tree-cutting permit that you can pick up at any ranger station, the tools for cutting your tree, and the time and navigation know-how to find the size and type of tree you’re looking for. Another excellent option, especially for families looking for a complete Christmas experience is to head towards a tree farm that specializes in growing and providing beautiful Christmas trees and other gifts and holiday experiences in an authentic, one-stop, in-the-forest trip.

Forever Green Tree Farm near St. Maries, Idaho, is one of those places that offers beautiful, fresh trees and a memorable Christmas experience. The family tree farm has been in business for over 25 years, offering Colorado spruce, Norway spruce, Grand fir, Fraser fir and Austrian pine Christmas trees, fresh and artificial wreaths, a holiday gift shop, and sleigh rides and photos with Santa on select dates. Find Forever Green Tree Farm online at www.forevergreentree.com or call 208-245-2440.