Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas tree hunting...

Out family has a tradition of going out to cut a fresh tree for Christmas with a large group of our friends. It is often a little chilly in December to be out in the woods and fields, but it is also beautiful.

This year we took a scenic drive to a tree farm with over 600 acres of a wide variety of evergreens to choose and cut for the season. It was a bit of a hike up the hill, especially with little children, but it was worth it for the view (above). The frost slowly left as the sun rose over the hills.
View across the valley to their other fields
We finally decided on a Canaan fir, strapped it to the car and brought it home for trimming with our assorted ornaments and plastic red balls. This is the second year we have read the Jesse Tree Devotional with our kids, which comes with picture ornaments. I made our tartan tree skirt from a fabric remnant nine years ago when we were first married and living on less-than-a-shoe-string budget. Here is a glimpse also of where all of my blogging happens - in our cozy living room. 

What sort of Christmas traditions do you enjoy at this time of year?

10 comments:

  1. What Christmas tree picking is all about, family and memories. Love the skirt too, it goes perfect with your tree decorations.

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  2. Ah, what a pleasant post. The views at the Christmas tree farm are gorgeous! I feel like I was along for the adventure. Looks like your kids had a great time. And the tree is so cute with it's homemade skirt--the best kind. Sweet.

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  3. That tree skirt is clever. Attractive while in use, then easy to put away!

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  4. The frosty, then golden light is beautiful. Well-captured.

    (And I like the tree-skirt, too.)

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  5. How beautiful! Your Christmas tree is perfect!

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  6. What beautiful views! And you found just the perfect tree! What wonderful memories, and a great tradition. Our traditions have changed as the children have grown, but what matters are the memories we make.

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  7. I went along with some friends last year while they cut down their tree...and it was so much fun...especially for the views of lovely, rolling, forested countryside :-)

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  8. Lovely tree and decorations...hunting for the tree is so much fun although it looks too green without the snow...

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  9. Hi Julie ! I wish you a Merry Christmas to you and you family !

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  10. I wish you and family a Merry Christmas !
    Thank's for your wonderfull blog

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