The tradition of putting up a tree to celebrate Christmas has been around since the 16th century. The first artificial trees began showing up in department stores in the 1920s, first in England and later in the US. The 1960s and 70s brought us aluminum trees, a fad that thankfully went the way of leisure suits and avocado appliances. When pre-lit trees hit the market, artificial trees became a standard in many homes. But for those of you who still want the experience of cutting and decorating a real tree, we’ve assembled a list of tree farms in the area and the activities you will find at each location.