First, find groundhog holes and dig for the little beasts (okay, this was really only a step for Scout).
Next, find the perfect tree. This is probably the most important step. We Jespersens always go for the White Fir.
Third, cut down said perfect tree.
Then, carry the perfect Christmas tree to the car.
And, finally, load up your perfect Christmas tree to take it home.
Some may think it's more practical, convenient, and a lot less work to have an artificial tree. But, this is one of my most beloved Christmas traditions and I wouldn't do it any other way.