HOLIDAY FUN – CHRISTMAS TREE

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One of my absolute favorite memories as far back as I can remember is the tradition of going to chop down a Christmas tree each year with my parents and brother.  Each year the 1st weekend in December we would pile in the car and make the three minute drive to our favorite tree farm to look for the perfect Christmas tree.  Then we would spend the entire next day after church decorating the tree & rest of the house.  I was so bummed when I heard that the place we went for 20+ years ended up closing to general public (only commercial sales now) a few years ago.  It was undoubtedly the most perfect Christmas tree farm I’d ever seen.  From the beautiful gift shop with walls of wreaths and mounded of garland hanging outside, to the quaint Santa’s workshop where you could get free cookies & hot chocolate and visit the man himself, to the tractor rides back from the farm to see your tree being leveled, drilled and wrapped.

^^The place where my love for Christmas started 🙂

My parents made the experience more fun by having us all take turns year after year of who got to pick the tree we would get.  I know the entire family dreaded when my year came around.  They knew without a doubt that I would try to get them to buy the tallest fattiest tree I could find (and a few years I considered myself successful in my quest, haha)!  I have to admit it brings a tear to my eye remembering how perfect Christmas time always seemed there and I’m so sad that I will never have gotten the opportunity to bring Sophia there for the same amazing experience.

Of course there was no way I was going to not allow the tradition of hunting for the perfect Christmas tree go away.  Even when we lived in a condo in Maryland, I still managed to find us a perfect Christmas tree farm to get our tree from (even if it was 40 minutes away)!  When we moved into our first home I was lucky to find another Christmas tree farm less than 20 minutes from our home.  I was happily surprised when we arrived and it reminded me so much of my childhood tree farm with its quaint gift shop & trucks to bring your trucks back to be wrapped up to take home.

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^^Our first Christmas tree hunt after we got married

I was so excited when we got to take Sophia to the tree farm for the first time last year when she was about 5 months old, but even more excited when we got to take her this year.  I have to admit one of my favorite things about being a parent is being able to see your child really experience things for the first time; and although this year was her second trip, Sophia coming to the tree farm and walking around helping look at trees this year was like the first time really experiencing the farm for herself and it was a joy to watch!

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^^This year was a success at the tree farm!

Kyle isn’t exactly the most excited person when it comes to going to cut down a tree for the holidays.  I think it has to do with the fact that he ends up being the one who has to do the dirty work on cutting down the tree (even though year after year I do offer to help!) .  And bless his heart, he did it again this year, even with his hand healing from having his ring finger severely dislocated a few weeks back during a flag football game!

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season!

                                                                      xox, Marie

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