Tim Ingraham of Portland carries a freshly cut Christmas tree in his arms and his 15-month-old son, Hugh, on his back Friday at the Old Farm Christmas Place of Maine.



With Thanksgiving behind us, the sprint to Christmas begins.

For many, one of the first things to do is pick out the perfect cut-your-own tree.

And for many others, the season just wouldn’t be right without a trip to Portland’s tree lighting in Monument Square.


Elaine DiGiovanni eyes the selection of cut-your-own trees at the Old Farm Christmas Place of Maine in Cape Elizabeth on Friday, while her family, right, congregates around a contender.