Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Tree Hunting

I think my favorite of all Christmas time activities is picking out the perfect tree and decorating it.  One of the best things about living in Oregon is the beautiful trees and the smell.  If you have ever been here you know that crisp pine smell in the air and when it rains even in the city you can get whiffs of the forrest.  Looking at these photos it makes me feel lucky to be in such a green place. Every year we always go to the same Christmas tree farm but it was closed.. I know crazy isn't it a Christmas tree farm closed during December.

Now typically we are tree cheaters.. we go and look at the trees and walk around and look at all the cute stuff on the farm and then we pick out the tree, the the people on the farm cut it down, shake it, wrap it, and even put in our car. Tim I think was a little nervous about cutting down the tree by himself because when he saw that our regular Christmas tree farm was closed- he asked if we could just go pick one up grocery store. We live in Oregon there are and has to be a million farms selling trees.  So I convinced him to lets just see if we could find a different place.

Less then 1 minute away we see a sign that reads U-CUT.  We turn into the short gravel road that has a small parking lot surrounded by trees, there was a guy in a van handing out saws and had a white board with prices. It made me wonder a tiny bit if this was a legitimate tree place, but the guy handing out the saws did look a little like Santa. I asked Santa if he had any pointers of the actual cutting of the tree and he said just make sure we cut it close to the ground.  He pointed out all sorts of different types of trees and wished us luck. It didn't take us long to find our tree because we didn't want a huge tree but just like a 6 ft one. Thankfully Tim got over his fears and cut down that tree like a champ.  This is Nora's 2nd Christmas but I think it's her first real Christmas remembering and I think she liked the tree cutting but hated the cold because after the tree was loaded up in the car. She just cried with big fat tears for no reason at all.  I couldn't help but chuckle and give her a big hug.  Ohhh and if you watch the tv show Little People Big World-  a couple of the kids showed up right when we leaving and Tim asked me to stop staring.  

After getting the tree we indulged in hot chocolates with extra marsh mellows and listened to Christmas music while decorating the tree. We followed that with grilled cheese sammiches and tomato soup.. then we had a Christmas music dance off.  I love having Christmas in my house. :)

14 comments:

Maywyn Studio said...

Cutting your own Christmas tree is a memory that lasts forever.
Beautiful photos

Lauren said...

We have a traditional place we go to each year, but no cutting involved. We were able to do that once (when we were dog parents, not kid parents!) in Pennsylvania years and years ago. It's still such a fond memory for me. Christmas tree time is the best, isn't it?

Julie said...

Aw, your daughter is so cute! I'm glad you've found your Christmas tree, I hope you have fun decorating it. We have a fake tree that stands in the corner of the lounge room all year.

Anne U @ hot coffee mama said...

Your child's second Christmas always feels like their first because they react more to everything around them, it's so fun.

Jess said...

We have a fake tree (boo!) but I grew up with real ones every year. My dad would actually go out into the woods, climb a tree, and cut out the top! He was crazy. :) I love the smell of real trees--so much so that we bought scented sticks to hang in our fake one! Still not the same though....

Jane said...

oh i love christmas! and getting the tree and decorating really starts the excitement for us. i hope to try and cut our own tree one of these christmases!

Hena Tayeb said...

Sounds lovely..

Camila Faria said...

I think tree hunting must be one of the greatest things to do this time of year. Too bad we don't have this over here.

Alli said...

Oh gosh I just love cutting down a Christmas tree, there is just something so magical about the hunt for the perfect tree. It's like the tree is out there waiting for you and you just need to find it.

cheers.

Charlotte Rigby said...

That's so idyllic, cutting down your own tree, so Christmassy! Glad you found your perfect tree :)

Ice Pandora said...

Looks like a good start with preparing Christmas c: Have fun
decorating your tree!! Xx

Jean said...

i really wanted to cut down a tree this year, but it was too darn cold here in minnesota! :( so, we opt to the usual, the store. hopefully next year we can cut down a tree :)

i'm so happy you found my blog. i love your art story! :)

rooth said...

Christmastime at your house sounds pretty darn wonderful. And I'm like Nora, crying big tears when it's cold outside

catskillblogger said...

We haven't gotten a tree yet...or rather, a tree that survived the journey home. Perhaps that's a story for the blog. lol