If you haven't already, it's just about that time of year to pick up your live Christmas tree, wrestle it into your house and get to decorating for the holidays.
Birmingham Patch asked its Facebook fans for the best local spots to find a real Christmas tree, and they responded with strong opinions and fond stories of Christmases past.
So if you're looking to pick up a live tree in Birmingham this holiday season, here's only some of the reccomendations from your neighbors:
- Suzanne Shields: I usually go to the Shrine (Catholic School) parents lot.
- Caitlin Gilman: Home Depot or Costco. They have the best trees for the best price. (Find a Home Depot in neighboring Troy and a Costco in Bloomfield Township.)
- Toby Allen Lezring: Get the whole experience and go to Blake's Cider Mill (in Armada, MI) and take a tractor ride out to cut one down. Fresh cut ones last longer.
- Kersten Emsley VanNess: The tree lot by Red Coat Tavern (in Royal Oak). They will even deliver!
- Cristina Pappas: Home Depot. $15.
- Jennifer Black-Sazgari: We love the trees from the HoHoHo Company on Woodward (near the Redcoat Tavern).
- Theresa Grisham Costello: The Plant Station in Birmingham. Local and they are all Michigan trees and they deliver also. From what I understand, (the trees from) HoHoHo are from North Carolina. Shop local!
- Nancy Wetterholt Lange: The HoHoHo Co.
- Catheryn Gelder Brooks: Plant Station — they are all beautiful and fresh!
- Martina Panian: What about at the Winter Markt? The guy there has lovely, great-smelling trees and wreaths, but I think the best pick is early Friday. I'm not sure he replenishes through the weekend. (Read more at Need to Know: Winter Markt Opens Friday in Shain Park)
- Ann Pitser: Woodward Gardens on Woodward! Owned by Birmingham residents.
- SofterSilk, LTD: Whoa, forget big box stores! Shop local and keep it in Birmingham. The boy scouts set up a beautiful tree lot every year at the church on Maple at Chesterfield (at the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham).