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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas Traditions----Part One

We, as a family, have many Christmas traditions. Since this is one of my favorite times of the year, I am so all about keeping the traditions going,.....no matter what else I have on my plate-----WHICH IS A TON RIGHT NOW!!!


So, our tradition the first Saturday of the month of December is to get our Christmas tree----not just get it, but find it, choose it, and cut it down ourselves. There are several places that we like to go, but our favorite place is behind someones house. They have a shed where you pick up your saw, and a wagon to carry your tree. You just go out to the field, cut your own and then leave a check through a slot in the shed door.

Yep---totally the honor system. And the trees are all $25.00! No matter what size!


We always pick a "Charlie Brown" type tree---one that isn't perfect, and needs someone to take it and make it special. I don't like fat, perfect trees,-----no, I like those that need some love.


The next day----on Sunday, we spend the evening decorating the tree and get all the Christmas decorations out and ready to put up around the house. It isn't the tradition to get it all up that night, or I would never be able to keep that tradition. We just get the tree done and do a bit each day, slowly but surely....

Bret and Aydan with the chosen one....

....and yes,....it was pouring rain!


Aydan----carrying the tree by himself....


....and there he goes across the field.

Now you can see all the ornaments all over the table----stuff everywhere!

Aydan and Bret decorating after I got the lights on.....

and Aydan and I continue to decorate.....until he gets tired of it.

So, it turned out great.....and even though a lot of people are going over to the fake tree.....I will always keep having a "live" tree----it is just tradition,-----and it makes me smile.


As long as I don't go out of town and leave the watering for my hubby this year.......

15 comments:

Rachel said...

This is a tradition I don't understand. I'm not a fan of a real tree because I hate to see them die I guess, and I've never been great at watering anything either.

Just ask Reggie!

Oops!

Kristina P. said...

I have always wanted to cut down a tree. It looks awesome!

Shelley said...

Never have had a real tree, guess I'm too paranoid. But it's a lovely tradition. Over from SITS today. Have a merry Christmas.

Julie said...

LOVE your tree... and the traditions! I think that's what makes Christmas so awesome... and magical!

I was a diehard REAL tree enthusiast for many years, but after a few Christmases with completely DEAD trees (so depressing) I turned to the dark (fake) side.

But I do still love a real tree! :)

Suzanne said...

There's nothing like the fragrance of a real tree when you walk in the door! Yours is beautiful. Like you, it's all about the lights for me. I like lots of 'em!

carma said...

I lover your Charlie Brown tree. Just perfect.

Carrot Jello said...

Aw, you look so cute.
Oh, and so does your tree.

kristibonney said...

What a wonderful tradition! Lots of great pics, too. Looks like you all had a great time decorating the tree. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Kristi, Hello...Is This On?
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Mom n Pop Wilson said...

Good for you. Enjoy! I'm thinking of waiting until Sariah and Cami get home on the 23rd to put up the tree. We'll see how the Christmas preps go. Between trips to Utah and New York,jury duty and trying to recover after a darned UTI, I've still got plenty to do. I do have the outside lights up and some of the indoor decorations done, though.

dapper kid said...

Ahhh I absolutely love your tree!! How wonderfully magical :) Hope you're having a gorgeous week.

Brinna said...

Is the tree really that small, or is Aydan just that much bigger since last time I saw him? Wow!

Can't wait to get home- it's not Christmas for me until I see all those silly ornaments from when we were kids or when I sit down and try to figure out how to put the wooden nativity puzzle together... :) ha ha

Aahhhh, home...

Shawn said...

Yay!!! Brinna----you commented!
You MADE MY DAY!!

Well----so does everyone else, of course, but my cutie daughter NEVER comments!!!

I love you, my sweetie.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love the idea of giving a sad little tree some love. Unfortunately my pathological need to have a perfect tree every year runs deep. I even posted about this last year. I may have to repost this week...

Your less than perfect tree looks very festive and much loved.

Anna See said...

What fun! We could barely make it to the tree lot this year. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet fam.

Mommyof2girlz said...

I love cutting down our own tree, but rarely do we get to do it. However we always and for ever more will have living tree's. I love the smell when you walk in your house. Smells like Christmas. Thanks for stopping by it is great to meet you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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