Tuesday, December 7, 2010

O Christmas Tree

The day after Thanksgiving, we headed out to a local tree farm to purchase the family Christmas tree. Since we have nineteen foot ceilings in our great room, we always purchase a twelve or thirteen foot tree. They don't grow them that big at this farm so we have to buy a tree that is shipped in from somewhere else -bound up like a Christmas prisoner.

We get to live out the old fashioned tree hunting experience though because we always get my mom a tree at the same place. We drive out to a wooded spot and trek around the grounds until we find the perfect specimen. Then Trent chops it down with his cordless sawzall. So maybe not quite the old fashioned tree hunting experience.

Our tree hunting day was the coldest day of the season so far. It was a mere twenty seven degrees. Even though they were bundled, the kids were freezing and wanted to sit in the warm car more than hunt for a perfect seven footer.

Our attempted family shot - you can see part of Evan's head at the bottom.

The kids favorite part of the tree tradition is by far the candy sticks they give away at the tree farm.

After we got the tree home and let the branches thaw out for a few hours -we let the decorating begin!

The kids were so much help this year. Spencer helped Trent do all the lights. I can't tell you how glad I am to have passed that job on to my eldest son. They were all super excited to put the ornaments on - they never tired of it - and we have A LOT of ornaments!

I tried to recreate my ladder picture from last year. It was a little too dark.

Our halls are now (mostly) decked and we are ready for the festivities to begin!

1 comment:

dr said...

It does look like a cold day. It was frigid here, too, that day. We also got our tree, but I stayed home. Nice that your kiddos are so helpful. Mine prefers taking the ornaments OFF the tree. She likes playing with all the little guys. She is not so into the famous angels yet. The 2 wise men scare her.
I love the last photo of Hais. With Ev and Trent snuggling in the background.