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The Christmas season is a greater time than any to start your own family tradition.

The Best Black Friday Shopping Experience

This year on Black Friday, instead of standing in line for a $5 toaster oven, my family and I continued our tradition of spending the day filled with cutting down and decorating our Christmas tree. I’m not knocking Black Friday shopping by any means, which seems to be starting on Thanksgiving anyway — it’s just not for us.

After spending an enjoyable day with family, knowing what we’re thankful for and regrettably overeating our way into a food coma. We wake up Friday morning and head out in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

We like to buy local when we can, and with a handful of tree farms in our area, it’s an easy deal. This was our second visit to Allison’s Christmas Tree Farm in Raccoon Twp. Not much has changed. They still have a family-friendly atmosphere, a large selection of pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, and the most affordable hot chocolate this side of the Mississippi. So load up the family and head on out — and don’t forget man’s best friend. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome, so if you like to take your dog everywhere like we do — it’s your lucky day.

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How It Works

Upon arriving at Allison’s you can either pick from their selection of pre-cut beauties, or cut-your-own. I suggest taking the hayride — embarking on a family adventure in search of the perfect tree. In the words of Clark Griswold, “It’s all part of the experience”.

Finding the perfect tree and cutting it down is something I look forward to every year. Walking up and down the rows of trees like aisles in a store. Searching for the one standing out — as if we were meant for each other. When you find that perfect tree — cut it down. And don’t forget to yell “timber”, while the kids are still young enough to get a smile out of it.

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Back at the barn they shake and bail your tree for easy transport. The staff will even tie down the tree to your roof if you ask. Tree drilling and stands are also available if you’re interested.

Allison’s has thousands of trees to choose from — and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. One of the knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction. If you have Christmas tree knowledge, then you’ll be happy to know Allison’s is stocked with Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, and Concolor Fir. We go with a Douglas Fir for its soft needles — and we seem to have good luck with it staying nice and healthy into the New Year.

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Allison’s has pre-cut trees ranging from 5 to 14 feet if you don’t feel up for cutting your own. Whichever way you go, be sure to measure the area where you plan to put the tree at home. They always look smaller on the farm. Don’t forget to stop inside the Christmas barn before or after you pick your tree, for a couple hot chocolates and some homemade fudge. The barn has plenty of Christmas merchandise, handmade crafts, and fresh decorative wreaths.

The best part of the day comes when we get home. The smell of fresh pine in the air, and Christmas tunes on the box, as we decorate our family tree. Allison’s Christmas Tree Farm is open daily 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, the day after Thanksgiving up until December 20th. If you’re looking for a real tree this year, or to start a family tradition, then punch 121 Allison Lane into your GPS — and enjoy!

A lifelong resident of Beaver County – with a taste for good food and delicious craft beer. He has a special place in his heart for all of the neglected and mistreated dogs in the world. Corey spends all of his free time enjoying the outdoors with his wife, daughter, and locally famous Boston Terrier – who can be found here on Instagram.