Monday, November 26, 2012

The Christmas Tree Farm

Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, has already come and gone. I still find it hard to believe that we insist on cramming all that eating into just one day. Wouldn't it make more sense to have four full days of feasting since everyone has that time off? But I lost that battle and we had to limit the eating to just one day.

The days after Thanksgiving were spent prepping for the big one ... Christmas. The kids have really gotten into decorating this year and by the time the weekend was over, we had two big trees, two little trees, a train, and a myriad of Christmas decorations adorning both the inside and outside of our house. And all of it began on Friay at the Christmas tree farm.

We have never cut down our own Christmas tree, but it's something we knew we wanted to start as a family tradition once the kids were old enough. Well, this year was the year and we all piled in the car on Friday for the quick hour trip up to Motsinger Farms. This time of the year just re-emphasizes to me what a great part of the country we live in. Getting to watch the beautiful colors and weather of fall and then being able to head up to the mountains to pick our own tree are just a few of the things that living in North Carolina affords us.

Thanksgiving was jam packed, so the boys saved their Thanksgiving day naps for on the way to the farm.

 The kids were ready to go as soon as we arrived. They wanted a BIG tree, something we were able to do this year with higher ceilings in the new house.

So we headed out on our hunt. We knew what type of tree we wanted ...

Looking ...

... and looking ...

They thought they had found it, but it was a bit small.

Found it!

Then we had to cut it (with some help, the felt saws the kids brought didn't make much of a dent), haul it, net it, and tie it to the top of the car.

We had so much fun! Everyone got to enjoy some apple cider and candy canes at the end as well. What a fun way to get our tree and something that we intend to make a tradition from year to year.

One the way back, we stopped at an overlook to take in the view.

What a great place to live ...

And what a great bunch that I'm blessed to live with!

Merry Christmas!

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