12.11.2009

The Journey to Our Christmas Tree - Feedback Friday

It's always a production when we decide it's time to find our Christmas tree. Want to join us?

First, we drive to the tree farm, then jump onto a hay ride out to the fields:


After lots of looking, we mark our tree with a photo. (notice how sensitive #1 son's eyes are to the sun?)


The Big Guy pulls out the saw and they get to work.


Off into the sunset they go, their prize in hand.


We take it back to the barn for a shake:


And a binding.


Pretty soon we have a neat, little bundle to load onto the top of the car.


We put on a Christmas movie, then set to decorating.


It's always a little precarious when it's time for the star!


So, that's the journey our Christmas tree makes - how about yours? It's Feedback Friday, so let's talk!

There are three types of Christmas tree people...Cut 'em down-ers, go to a tree lot-ers, and artificial-ers. Which one are YOU? .

*ps(I've had some requests for a paper snowflake tutorial, I've got one set to post tomorrow, so come on back!)

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22 comments :

  1. I like to be a cut-em-downer, but have to 'fess that this year we tree-lotted it. :)

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  2. What a fun little tradition! As for us, we've always been artificial tree people due to the lack of space in our apartment. But next year, we might just have to try something new. ;-)

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  3. What a beautiful tree. I loooooove your wall of windows!

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  4. once upon a time, i was a cut-em-downer... but there is not much of that this far south! so now we have an artificial tree. we have had worn out a couple great ones, but got a new one last year which is not my favorite! i think it ruined my decorating experience! but i am trying to make due... and will keep my eye out for a great sale on a bigger one for next year :)


    (i started my snowflakes last night!)

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  5. We're lotters. When we lived in VA, there were farms all over and freshly cut trees last so much longer! Funny, Atl. doesn't seem to have many Christmas tree farms. Go figure. :(

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  6. We're cut er downers all the way! But of course it helps to have a sturdy tree stand that swivels to make the tree straight. Before that tree stand, things got a little hairy at our house! We all love getting out there in the cold, crisp weather and picking out a tree. I couldn't deprive the kids of that experience! It's tradition. Instead of a Christmas movie, we have hot chocolate and put on Christmas music. Have you heard of Grooveshark.com? It's awesome.

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  7. We've cut them down in the past but the past two years have been tree lots. Not too many farms around us grow frasier furs which we love. Always real though. Love the smell.

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  8. We are cut-em-downers, but hubby and I differ in our picks for best tree. I blogged about that craziness here http://astonesthrowfrominsanity.blogspot.com/2009/12/oh-christmas-shrub-oh-christmas-shrub.html

    :)It's always an adventure around here.

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  9. We are artificial tree people. I actually love our tree, but this year I've been longing for a "real" tree. We've gotten our money's worth out of our tree, so perhaps we can throw in a real tree here and there in the coming years. If we do, I'll want to go and cut it down ourselves, for sure.

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  10. Well, first of all your tree is gorgeous!
    As for us, we are a bit wishy-washy. The tree lot we got to also has a "cut your own" section. Sad to say, but generally the weather will dictate. If it's just too darn nasty, we pick off the lot. If it's nicer, we cut. Although, if our "cut your own" place offered hay rides, it would probably be an all the time thing. ;)

    XO*T

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  11. That's great! I love going to cut my tree down - and that's my usual method of acquisition - but this year it was raining on our get-the-tree day and I chose not to tromp out into the cold wet rain to get it. Unfortunately, we went to Walmart instead... but our tree is still pretty!! :)

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  12. I couldn't convince the big guy to do a tree farm this year. He wanted the easy way out so we did a lot.

    I put up 6 trees but only one real one. Although one of my artificial trees looks as good as the real thing! People always ask!

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  13. Pre-lit artificial. Always been an artificial lover.

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  14. That's a great tradition, Jen. I enjoyed the pictures. Like you, we always put in a Christmas movie while decorating the tree. Normally it's "A Christmas Story" or "Christmas Vacation."

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  15. I think your tree is beautiful!
    We have an artificial tree. Because my husband has been in school and working full-time while I stay at home with the kids, my parents gave us a fake tree. It's not our favorite thing in the world, but it works and it's a whole lot less messy than a real tree...but one of these year's well be able to afford a REAL tree!

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing these Superior Snaps! Oh, I'm feeling so festive now...and warm & fuzzy, too!

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  17. Looks fun but like a lot of work which makes me a lazy fake tree person.

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  18. SO CUTE!! what great memories you're making!

    Jaithan + Eddie

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  19. We are cut-em-downers. I just posted about it on my blog today.

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  20. I can understand why most of you North Americans are "real tree" types. Let me just say that real trees here in Australia in the middle of summer look very sad and thirsty!! We have a fake fir tree that has lasted us 18 years and always looks perky and happy amidst 100+ degrees!! When its all over we take the decorations off and pack everything away in a box in the attic, ready for another year!!

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  21. Every year I say we are going to go cut our own tree. And every year I have a reason why it just won't work this year. So next year.... Anyway, we are real tree people and usually get our tree from a local farm ~ LOVE the smell of fresh pine!

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  22. I remember the fun tradition from my younger days of going to the family farm and cutting down our own tree. I doubt it was every year but one year I recall it was on a moonlite night. I carry the memory with me every year when I pull out my artificial tree. I love real trees but try to be good with the environment and finances. This is our tenth year on the same prelit tree (which if you go fake you might as well make it easy on yourself). I do worry now that I won't make the same kinds of memories for Little Guy. We'll see what the future brings.

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