Love the tradition of cutting down your own tree. We go to a tree farm in Michigan. Horse drawn wagons take the families all over the tree farm and drop them at the type of tree they wish to cut down. They have Fir sections, Pine sections, etc. (We always go for the Frasiers) Then we go back to the main building where they have free hot chocolate, coffee, hot cinnamon nuts and other snacks. The worker elves in the barn put your tree in a special drill stand, stand it straight up, and a drill comes up and drills a hole in the middle of the trunk. Then they tie it to your car. When we get home, we simply put the tree on their special stand which has a big spike sticking up. Voila! A perfect tree, perfectly aligned, and ready to decorate!
Merry Christmas to all!