Whether it's already cut and waiting or still hiding in the field, a tree farm can hold that perfect centerpiece for your holiday living room.
And at Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury, they say picking out your own tree at a farm is a traditional Vermont Christmas experience.
"I think in Vermont people are more willing to go out take a walk and cut their own tree down and get their hands a little bit dirty," says manager Amanda Werner.
Most people make it a family outing, she says, getting outdoors and spending time together.
"Part of that is being able to come out and walk around the grounds and look at the trees. A lot of people, even the ones that end up getting a pre-cut tree, like to walk through the fields," she says.
One visitor to the farm is Maggie Nazer, an exchange student at Middlebury College. She says in Bulgaria they bought their trees from vendors on the street. This is her first time to a tree farm, and she has friends to help her.
The group is learning a few things in the field, such as why it's important to know the height of your ceiling before you get to the farm.
"A standard ceiling is about eight feet tall which means you might have to make it a little bit shorter. If you do, I'd suggest doing it from the bottom so you keep the shape of the tree intact," Werner advises.
A few minutes later, they spot the one. Nazer gets to cut it down.
"Wow it smells so good," she says.
Once the tree is brought out of the field they put netting around it and then tie it down to the car. This tree is headed to the Middlebury campus, where students will make ornaments for it.
"It's amazing. It's so much fun. I think it's great just having this ritual and really be able to feel the Christmas spirit," says Nazer.
She's one of many getting her tree here. The farm says they sold 1,200 last year and expect to do even more this year as demand increases.
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