Picture this ... Clark from the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is telling you, "let's burn some dust here. Eat my rubber." You're yearning for that perfect Christmas experience this year like Clark Griswold, or wanting a real Colorado Christmas just like the Nitty Gritty Band sings about.

The good news is that we live what others sing about and what the movies write about. We have it all right here in our own backyard.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Christmas

If the mountains weren't enough of a reason to be in Colorado this time of year. We have the real McCoy when it comes to cutting down your very own Christmas tree. If you're lucky you might even get a free critter to bring home with you.

Grand Junction 

Grand Valley Ranger District 2777 Crossroads Blvd. Suite 1

Hours kind of stink, but maybe take a half-day off of work this is important.

Open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday ... 970.242.8211

Montrose

Montrose Public Lands Center 2505 Townsend Ave.

Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 ... 970.240.5300

Spend Time with Loved Ones

There serious is so much to do here in Colorado this time of year. Some things take money, but there is plenty to do even if your funds are low.

Finding the best-decorated house, build a snowman, go sledding, or simply just watch the snow fall. My kids would always try to find matching snowflakes.

Experience a REAL Colorado Christmas

In all honesty, there's not too much you have to do to experience a "real" Colorado Christmas. We have it all.