O Christmas Tree

Yesterday we went out and got our Christmas tree.   It’s always a planned event involving as many of the family as possible.  This year Nellie, Melvin & Kelsey, Kristi & Mike and their 3 foster children, Darin & Amanda and Kalia and Livi, and Me were all searching for our own Perfect Christmas Tree.   The day was perfect:  temperature around -1 C with a bit of a wind chill making it feel abit colder, and the most beautiful blue skies with the occasional timely dusting of snowflakes.

I like to cut our own Christmas Tree, as I mentioned already in my previous blog “Christmas of Years Past”.  The tree always stays fresher longer when it’s cut the same day as it comes into the house.  And I feel that I have to do my part to support the local Christmas tree farmers whose livelihood is depending on us doing business with them.  It’s kinda like “the 100 mile Christmas Tree diet” you could say.  And you can’t beat the price of $25.00!

I’m glad to report that nobody got “lost” this year in the forest.  We all stayed within eyesight of each other and I even wore my bright pink “anyone can find me in a crowd” hat, just in case.  Amazingly, it took less than an hour for each one of us to decide which tree was the perfect Christmas tree for each of our homes!  ALL the kids had a chance to either use the saw to cut the tree or drag the tree back to the cars – what teamwork!!

The only casualty was my car’s muffler: it broke off in the field and we had to throw it into the back of the car!  It was a very noisy ride home!

We all went back to Darin and Amanda’s for hot chocolate and supper of delicious homemade pizza and chicken wings.

It was dark by the time we arrived back home, but by the time I let the dog out and took the tree off the car’s roof, Melvin and Nellie had already re-arranged the livingroom furniture to accomodate the tree.  Melvin got the tree into the house singlehandedly (boy, is he getting strong!), into the tree stand, and up in the corner in 5 minutes flat!  We wired it to a hook in the ceiling to ensure our new little kitten doesn’t knock it over somehow.  I love how the pine scent drifts through the house competing with the hint of wood smoke smell.

SO now, today, we are putting the LED lights AND the few bubble lights I have left, on and all the decorations we’ve accumulated over the past years, like the little bird nest one of the kids found, the mini grapevine wreathes Darin made me about 25 years ago, my 2 Perce Rock decorations, homemade picture decorations of the children, the knitted decorations Gramma Mellway made for us, Young Marty’s paper Star Wars ship he made with “The Forse is Forever” written on it, Nana Lil’s painstakingly homemade popsicle stick mini sleighs for EACH one of us,  brass engraved (thanks again Debbie) ornaments for ALL my kids, spouses, and grandchildren, and now 8 year old Kalia’s crocheted bell!  All to the traditional songs of Christmas music ……played on Satellite radio. lol

Nellie Cutting the Christmas Tree


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Sinclair
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 12:01:37

    So beautiful to have family around at Christmas time. & doing all this together. You have a lovely family cuz. We wish you a Merry Christmas to all of you. May God Bless you for good health & happiness in the new year & years to come.
    Love ya: Maureen & Murray.


  2. Rod
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 14:54:12

    Love reading your blogs!


  3. Betty
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 00:11:52

    Awww…. I wish we couldv’e been there will our little Coco!!… She would have sooo…. much fun with all of you!!!… being the little social butterfly that she is… Luv u guys…. Bet..xoxoxoxo


  4. Kristi
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 21:30:49

    It was lots of fun. Can’t wait to see it decorated! We just did ours yesterday and the kids had fun! I have the Ewok ornamanents still (mwahahaha) and one of Marty’s star wars fighters. Yay to cutting our own tree down!


  5. grammomsblog
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 09:05:49

    UPDATE: LOL….We got as far as putting on the Christmas lights, garland, and 6 ornaments, when both kids got sick…..maybe we’ll be able to finish decorating the tree today!


  6. Maureen Sinclair
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 17:12:44

    Nothing like woodheat, We have it in our home too, It’s alot of work , but you can’t beat the warmth it gives, So cozy when the power goes out & our old coal oil lamp. ., kettle boiling on the stove. I do cook in my oven as well, It tastes so much better, ‘
    Love: MO


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