Sunday, December 11, 2011

O Christmas Tree

One of the perks of Thanksgiving at home was being able to get our tree on Thanksgiving weekend.  I love everything about Christmas and I always want to get started as soon as we can for the maximum length of holiday enjoyment.

After a crazy day of Black Friday shopping I was dragging a little bit, but I rallied because cutting down a fresh tree is one of my most favorite family traditions. My side of the family has cut down a tree for more years than I can count. Fresh Christmas tree cutting wasn't a prerequisite for marrying TG, but it was definitely a perk that he is a fresh tree fan as well. The first year he and I cut down a tree I was almost 9 months pregnant with Riley. We took a two year hiatus following her birth and returned last year to our favorite farm for both of our babies' first tree experience.

This year they were old pros and immediately set off with TG on the hunt.

Little man kept trying to persuade us to get a tree just his size.  

The view from the farm is amazing. It's set up on a hill and you can see the surrounding valley as well as a sweet little girl doing her best impersonation of Buddy the Elf's march.

After checking out the Norway Spruce selection and contemplating a Colorado Blue, we settled on a Douglas Fir.  TG led us all the way up the hill to find the perfect tree so Cam decided to hitch a ride.

 We finally found it!

TG got us started and then Riley took a turn with the saw.

Then Camden helped out and yes he's in a t-shirt because on the last weekend in November it was 70 degrees.

Little man was so fascinated by the tree falling and the sappy stump left behind.

While he played in the sap Riley helped TG rope and drag the tree down the hill.

After a good shakedown, two cups of hot cider and a quick tractor ride to the car we were all tied down and ready to head home and decorate!

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