Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

This weekend we decorated the house for Christmas and got our Christmas tree.  Each year we go to a "Cut your own" farm, and pick a tree.  We cut it down ourselves (well, Mat does), and haul it home.

This year, we used a new farm we haven't tried in the past.  I am so glad we did because not only did they have amazing trees, the prices were exceptional for this area.  Every tree - no matter the size - was the same price, which worked in our favor since we wanted a big one.

Finley named our tree this year "Sticky Joe".  He was a little sappy (and we did have a few Clark Griswold moments thanks to the sap), but he is doing well now.  We set him up, put the lights on and put on the ornaments.

We love decorating the tree.  We have ornaments from Mat's and my childhood, ornaments we buy each other every year, ornaments the kids pick out each year, and our annual family ornament.  We take each ornament out and talk about it and when we got it (all our labeled with the year).  And I think about how someday, the kid's ornaments will go with them to their own homes and hang on their own trees.

It is one of my favorite parts of the season.  Recounting memories of years past, and thinking about their meaning holds a special place in my heart.  Now it really feels like the Christmas season has begun.

Riding the tractor after cutting the tree
 It was Arlington's turn to put the angel on top of the tree this year.  This angel is 18 years old - Mat and I got it the year we were married.  
 Sticky Joe all pretty

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