Ask Chris: A DIY Christmas Tree For The Holidays

Why buy a pre-chopped pine when you can get your lumberjack on?

Q: Where can I go to chop down my own Christmas tree?

A:  Picture this: You board an antique train and ride to a fragrant tree farm, where you’re given a saw and your choice of several types of pines. As the workers load your freshly cut tree into a flatcar, you enjoy your second glass of wine. Sound too good to be true? Check out the Fillmore & Western Railway, which runs the Santa Shopper train to Santa Paula from November 30 through December 22 and charges an elfish $24.