Getting our Christmas tree in Kalispell MT

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

We all have our own traditions when it comes to the holidays. And when it comes to Christmas trees, some people swear by artificial trees. Some love fresh trees. We're in the second camp, and here is how we go about getting our annual Christmas tree.

So to those who suggested that I should have gotten my tree weeks ago since all I have to do is go outside and cut one down, it's not that simple! Not only because I don't live in a Christmas tree farm with perfectly shaped trees but because almost all of those trees are up a hill and not easily accessible. And walking in a foot of snow lugging a sled with equipment in it isn't the best way to keep the Christmas spirit! haha.

So if you live in Kalispell and want to cut your own tree down, you can certainly do so! If you don't have your own trees that you can use, you can head out to the Flathead National Forest. You do need a permit if you'd like to cut down trees in the Forest so see here for information on the permit process.

Merry Christmas and happy tree hunting!

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Comments (15)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I love your post and video! You found the perfect one! Its perfect. Love where you put it too so you can look out your gorgeous windows and enjoy that spectacular view!!

Dec 18, 2022 02:53 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX ! It really took all year to find the right one. haha.

Dec 18, 2022 03:33 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - Christmas tree spirit is so individual, isn't it? 

In my life, I experienced growing up with real tree (from a lot, mind you no saw or sled needed), fake (before artificial became the almost acceptable term)t hat was stored away in the garage until the next year.   

And, get this, a year when we had an aluminum one (long before retro became cool again). Add to that assortment, I have memories of flocked trees (white never pastel shades).   So, Christmas trees are part of my adolescence. 

There have been many adult years where there was no tree in the house where I lived.  It wasn't a Bah Humbug spirit but other priorities around the holidays.  You know, life and such. 

I like your tree and the story of how it can be yours' too.  

Dec 18, 2022 03:43 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Michael Jacobs - I have had years with no tree as well, and one year when my oldest son had an allergy to the tree and I had to get rid of it (before Christmas). I never had flocked trees or an aluminum one though!

Dec 18, 2022 04:10 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat,

Your tree is perfect!  I am imagining the smell as I write this!

I love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas Tree.  Over the last 50 years, we have done it all except going into a forest to cut one down. In the past, we cut a tree down at a Christmas tree farm, which was always a lot of fun.  It was a family affair.  We have done the artificial tree thing as well.  It is not the same.  It has been around 20 years since we had an artificial tree, but this year we decided to get one because we would be gone and couldn't keep it watered.  I am happy with the decision we made. I will probably get a fresh wreath to enjoy the smell of the pine inside the house.  

Dec 18, 2022 05:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I'm sure there are pine sprays we could buy to get that pine smell! It all works!

Dec 18, 2022 06:05 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I absolutely love this post and video. Thank you for sharing Kat🎅

Dec 18, 2022 08:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Dec 19, 2022 04:50 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Wow, you made me appreciate unboxing my artificial tree for the 25th season LOL.

But seriously, a beautiful tree and what a scene out that window of yours!

Dec 18, 2022 09:18 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I have to admit, Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets that unboxing an artificial tree is definitely easier!

Dec 19, 2022 04:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - you picked the perfect Christmas Tree and it sure looks lovely! Your house must smell wonderful! Loved the video and how you illustrated your point about how you arrived at your selection. Also, it was great that Hercules got to be a part of your perfect Christmas Tree hunt on your property. 

In Illinois I always had a live tree. At the last place I lived before moving to TX was a Tree Farm and the last tree I cut down was with my son while my daughter was away at school. I miss those days and your video got me thinking of how exciting it was to pick and choose your own tree. 

As always, you did a great job! Plus, I love where you put the tree by that great view outside your window. 

Dec 19, 2022 01:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! Hercules is rarely left home! I like the fact that we have a Montana-related Christmas tradition; it makes the season even more fun!

Dec 19, 2022 04:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kat... love your tree, love your little video. But that being said, I've had artificial trees for at least 25 years and I'm sticking with them. I'll just enjoy yours vicariously.

Dec 19, 2022 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Haha, Nina Hollander, Broker - it's all good!

Dec 19, 2022 04:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kat. Truth be told I like a fresh Tree. That said the first year we lived in a downtown hirise we had a fresh tree and it was lovely. The holidays over we had to remove it. Let's just say it took quite some time to vacuum up the needles in the hallway. Since then artificial is the way to go. Enjoy your day.

Dec 19, 2022 05:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Wayne Martin - I totally get it! I lived in a co-op complex for years and after the first year of getting rid of a real tree, I opted for artificial. It was just a lot easier.

Dec 19, 2022 08:18 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I am staring at your tree Kat and admiring how beautiful it looks by your window looking out at your spectacular view. Your video is ADORABLE! 

Dec 19, 2022 06:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you so much Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 !

Dec 19, 2022 08:18 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You chose a great tree, it looks amazing!  I prefer a live tree as well but I don't even put up a tree or anything else in my own home, haha.

Dec 19, 2022 06:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti

We all have different traditions, Brian England - yours is the no frills way!

Dec 19, 2022 08:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Very cool Kat, and you do have lots of land to find that perfect tree.  Loved your video!

Dec 19, 2022 06:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you so much Joan Cox !

Dec 19, 2022 08:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never had the experience of cutting down a tree for Christmas.

Enjoy the holidays and have a Very Merry Christmas.

Dec 19, 2022 08:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy, I wish the same to you!

Dec 19, 2022 08:19 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kat I have had many years of both real and artificial trees, but never a year without a tree.  These days with no little ones around it comes out of a box in one peace .... LOL

Dec 19, 2022 11:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti

That makes it easier for sure, George Souto !

Dec 19, 2022 01:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I came back to enjoy your post once again. We have gone out and searched for trees until we found that my son was allergic to something about fir trees 🎅

Dec 19, 2022 08:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti

One of mine was allergic also, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - but it only lasted one year. Phew!

Dec 20, 2022 04:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kat - I love your tree against the trees outside your window.  That is a Christmas card.

Dec 22, 2022 03:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Grant Schneider 

Dec 22, 2022 05:45 AM