With our first snowfall of the year my mind has gone straight to Christmas, bypassed Thanksgiving and headed straight to picking out the perfect tree.

I think this scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation pretty much sums up my family when it comes to getting a real tree at a local Christmas Tree Farm.

Russ: "Dad, didn't they invent Christmas tree lots so people wouldn't have to drive all the way out to nowhere and waste a whole Saturday?"
Clark: "They invented them, Russ, because people forgot how to have a fun old fashioned family Christmas, and are satisfied with scrawny, dead, overpriced trees that have no special meaning."
Audrey: "My toes are numb."
Clark: "You see kids, this is what our fore fathers did."
Audrey: "I can't feel my legs."
Clark: "They walked out into the woods, they picked out that special tree and they cut it down with their bare hands."
Audrey: "Mom, I can't feel my hips!"
Ellen: "Clark."
Clark: "Yes honey?"
Ellen: "Audrey's frozen from the waste down."
Clark: "Ah, it's all part of the experience honey."

For our family (I'll let you guess who the Cousin Eddie is) a live Christmas tree is the only way to go. So, since this is our first Christmas season here in the Capital Region we've started to look for the perfect place to find our "most important of Christmas symbols"....as Clark Griswold would say.

I think we're going to check out the Boulder Brook Farm that is opening this year for it's first season in Malta. It's set on a farm from the 1700s and still has that historic charm and should be perfect for our holiday tradition with the family.

In the article in The Saratogian Christmas Tree farmer Peter Brooks says that the 26 acre farm has a large field with over 4000 Fraser Fir and Canaan Fir trees. Boulder Brook Farm provides you with a saw, a sled for transporting your tree and will tie it to your roof for you. They also have holiday shop in their barn selling tree stands, wreaths, greens, ornaments, handmade soap, maple syrup and local honey. Plus, an antique sled collection.

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Boulder Brook Farm is at 5186 Nelson Ave. Ext. in Malta. Their grand opening weekend is November 26th - December 1st and then will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting the day after Thanksgiving and each weekend until Christmas. Check out www.boulderbrookfarm.com for more info.