We have a family tradition that has occurred since I was a child and hubby and I continued since we met… We always go and get our Christmas tree from a local tree farm that we can cut down ourselves.
When I was a child these trees sometimes would come off our own land, but usually from a local farmer who would let us come in his Christmas tree farm and cut one of our very own. Now I always feel a little sad cutting down a perfectly good tree, but the smell it brings to the house and the beauty it brings makes my sadness turn around 🙂 I love fresh trees 🙂
Now hubby and I walk up and down the rows and rows of tree all over a local Christmas tree farm to find just the right tree that will fit in our house. I have a habit of picking a tree that is too tall and we can not get our topper on. So we have learned to carry a tape measure with us and measure before we cut 🙂
Usually hubby starts cutting and I get to do the fun part… finishing the cutting down job 🙂
The cool parts of the farms are all the cut outs and painted things around the farm…
The day ends with hubby pulling the tree back to the truck.
Since my Dad has been living with us he has been going on his scooter so he can get though the fields and help us pick a tree. The dogs had to wait in the truck as they are not allowed in the field, but they have enjoyed smelling the tree since we got it home 🙂 So all in all it was a fun trip to the Christmas Tree Farm 🙂 Have you gotten your tree yet?
Those real trees really make the house smell great. They smell so good the cats just have to climb them!
Oh my cats in the tree… unexpected ordaments 😉 The house is smelling more like the holidays now 🙂
Many years ago, we used to go with my in-laws to the Christmas tree farm. I always enjoyed the experience, there’s nothing quite like it! Thanks for the memories.
There is nothing like a tree farm and finding just the right one 🙂 I love that more people then I thought have had this experience 🙂
I love the smell of the fresh trees! Hoping to get one this week!
I do too it is so nice in the house 🙂
Sounds like you had a wonderful day! We don’t buy Christmas trees anymore… though I almost did this year. In the end, we ended up spending the money on something new to plant in the yard and decorated it instead. Weird? Yeah, maybe so. But it puts a smile on our faces. 😉 Thanks for visiting me! ~Lynda
We do not have my family’s land anymore to get our tree from so we try to support the local farmers and buy from them 🙂 I think it is nice you got a new plant for the yard that is cool 🙂 If it makes you happy that is all that matters 🙂
You started xmas early!! It’s not even December yet!! Love your enthusiasm!!
We have an annual tradition of the grandkids sleeping over on Thanksgiving evening and decorating the next morning. So, we’re all decked out inside and out.
That is great your grandkids are very lucky 🙂 What a great tradition 🙂
We’ve been looking on our daily walk around the farm for a suitable cedar or pine tree. This will be our first Christmas at our farm and we are excited to decorate the house and get our tree “local.” 🙂
That is so wonderful to get your tree off your own land… hubby and I hope to do that some day. I remember as a child my Dad shaping trees for us to get it is rewarding 🙂
I never knew how much work went into a tree farm until my son got a part-time job there and I learned how much work goes into shaping those trees in the heat of the summer!
Yes the people who run our local one say it is a hard year round job like any farm is 🙂
Good for you. We usually do the same but we’re headed to Florida for the holidays this year so I’ll just put up our small artificial one. It won’t be the same though!
Hopefully there is a big live tree waiting for you in FL. What part are you going to?
St. Augustine – north Florida.
My Dad was born in Ft. Pierce and I was born across the state from that 🙂 Haven’t been there is over 6 years… make sure you get some photos to share 🙂
Looks like you picked a great tree!
Thanks we like it 🙂
I love this post. We always cut a tree down as well and it is one of my very favorite family outings of the year. We went Thanksgiving weekend and it was such a joy. I grew up in South Florida where it was impossible to cut your own tree down, so I love the fact that living in Nebraska enables us to do that. My daughters look forward to it almost as much and their Daddy and I do!
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My Dad is born and raised in FL and I was born there also, but all my winters after age 2 were in VA or KY. I love the memory of getting our own tree 🙂 My Grandmother lives in NE and my Mom grew up there… my Grnadma spends the holidyas with us and gets to enjoy a VA tree 😉 I think I look forward to the tree as much if not more then my parents. Happy Christmas 🙂