This year we aren’t waiting until our 25 Days of Christmas to get our tree! Because of time constraints and upcoming prenatal appointments, we are pushing our tradition of getting a tree up a week.
Really, we’ve been breaking tradition already this holiday season. The kids already picked out their annual Christmas ornament.
In our family, after the “babies first Christmas” ornament, we let the kids pick an annual ornament they want to add to the tree. The idea behind it is that with each year it shows their ever evolving interests and then, when they someday move out and have their own trees, they can have their own set of a lifetime of ornaments. I’m sure even when they are all grown, we will be buying them an annual ornament to keep the tradition alive.
Someday we will have a perfectly matching and coordinated tree. But for now it’s nice to have the kids’ homemade ornaments proudly on display- as well as their special annual ornaments telling their story.
Anyways, back to today’s events, we went to an organic Christmas tree farm! We started with hunting down the perfect tree; this year it happened to be a balsam fir. Brad loaded the kids into the sled and we ventured out into the field.
Marshall was eager to help saw down the tree this year, Vi was happy to just watch from the comfort of the sled.
Brad hauled the tree back and Marshall volunteered to be a gentleman and give his sister a sleigh ride back to the car. His sleigh rides are a little bumpier than papa’s.
The sleigh was a definite must for us. Queen Violet Angeline didn’t love trudging through the snow like some peasant. And if the Queen doesn’t want to schlep around like a commoner, she won’t.
Brad loaded the tree on top of our SUV while Marshall reminded him of last year (our tree started sliding off because Brad didn’t secure it properly). It’s times like this that Brad wishes Marshall didn’t have such an exceptional memory. We drove to the front of the lot and the workers shook the tree- to get loose needles out- and netted it for an easier haul home.
With the tree hunt over, we headed over to Santa’s village that is conveniently located within the tree farm. There the kids met Prancer & Dancer, rode on a magic trolly ride, horseback riding, and a petting zoo! Not to mention meeting the big guy himself: Santa!
Our family loaded up and headed home, tired out from all the cool fresh air and Christmas fun. The kids slept once Marshall was reassured that this tree wouldn’t slide off (thanks to Brad buying ratchet straps this year instead of the rope of last year).
When home the kids were eager to help get the tree all set up. Brad and I loved how wonderfully the tree made our living room smell!
The kids favorite part was when we turned off the lights and listened to Christmas carols in front of the sparkling lights of the tree. We did our annual Christmas set up tradition of hot apple pie and cocoa.
And with that, the Christmas season was officially in our home. We are so excited for December 1st to arrive to officially kick off our 25 days!