Kurtis Keefer of Lake Villa kneels down to saw a fir tree with Ryan Palmer of Ingleside for Justine Gengel of Lake Villa and daughter Teagan, 2, at Gengel Christmas Tree Farm near Lake Villa.
Chris Ellinger, his wife Andrea and son Evan, look for the perfect Christmas tree at, Hubert's Christmas Tree Farm in Bremerton, Wash., on a Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Thomas Cook carries one of his family's two Christmas trees out of the fields at Hartikka Tree Farm in Voluntown, Conn., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Day, Sean D. Elliot)
Raymond Thornton (left) and Sharron Thornton, both of Schererville, carry the tree they cut at Luer's Christmas Tree Farm in Crown Point, Ind. Thursday December 1, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
If you’re going somewhere to cut down a fresh tree, don’t forget to figure out how you’ll get it home. | Toby Talbot~AP
Some people think that a real Christmas tree is essential to a proper Christmas. If you are one of them, choosing that perfect tree can be daunting. “The following are a few hints to help you choose that perfect tree, whether you purchase it from …