November 27, 2012

Merriment Chain~ Day1~ Our Tree

Misi from Gable House Musings and Robyn from Primlish have teamed up to give us the Merriment chain.  It's a chain in which we celebrate each day by making a post of our Christmas happenings and goods.  If you want to join in the fun
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Every year since we have been married, with the exception of maybe 1, we have made a trip to the forest and cut down the best tree DH could find the day after Thanksgiving.  This year he was on call and we had to make other plans.  We found a very cute tree farm in the next town over just 45 minutes away.  Now, I am all for the forest and hiking in the cold snow while towing three crying girls.  I love spending the day wondering if hubby is going to get us lost or stuck. (Sensing sarcasm here?)  It's a tradition.  However, the tree farm was lovely.  We drove right up to the edge of the field, put on our hats, and piled out of the truck.  We got to walk on the level groomed dirt and check each angle of the tree.  The girls got to run around unattended.  The sun was warm and lovely.  It only took a half an hour of inspecting perfectly groomed beautiful trees to find what we were looking for.  And, after all, DH still got to roll around in the dirt and saw something down.  It was the best excursion yet.  And next year, we will be doing it again:)  No more forest expeditions (unless it's in the summer and we are hiking).

This little tree was wanted for the kitty.

Oldest is taller than this one.

Now for the fun part.

Innocent bystanders.

All loaded up.

Ready to decorate.
See the tail "Middle" is sporting?  She wore it all day long.  Ha ha, so cute.

The girls decorated it all by themselves.  We did have to help with the high places and move a few things around, but other than that, they did a good job.  All the ornaments are thiers or are special from one place or another.  I call it my "junk" tree, but really, it's just a "family" tree.  One day, when the kids move on, it will be a glorious fancy one like you see in the magazines:) 
Well, nothing prim about this post......just a day in the life of our family.  Were just doing what thousands of others are.......thanks for stopping by.


Holly said...

Sounds like so much fun! They did a great job with the decorating! Wonderful memories!

bettyj said...

That is a beautiful tree! Ha ha, about a glamorous fancy tree when the girls move on!ha ha!!!! I was going to do a tree with nothing but blue lights and blue bulbs! Never happened. Can you imagine me with that?lol. So glad you let them do the decorating.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Sounds like a wonderful family day!
Love the tree! The girls are so cute!
Enjoy your day!

Cindi said...

Hi sweet Steph~ I think I will never think of you any other way except for "Sweet Steph". The tree is beautiful and I am glad you found a "nicer" tradition this year. I think the kids did a great job decorating and really that is what it is all about. Love that this post is just about a day in your life, love reading about those too!
Love you!

1890* said...

Tree hunting with the that is primitive these days ... not many do the same anymore ~ Love your keeping Tree day special! .. darling family working together* Big Smiles to you friend!
*Happy Holidays*

Primlish ♥ said...

I just love your tree and the family outing to go pick it out!
My hubby's tree in his basement is done in the colored lights and silver garland. Your's is very pretty, love the sparkle!!
So glad you posted!

Christine said...

To me this is the very essence of family at Christmas! It's a beautiful tree and your girls did a fab job of decorating it!
Thanks for sharing - oh and I laughed to see the 'tail' on 'Middle' as my 8 y.o. had a My Little Pony tail in pink and loved doing the same thing!!
Best wishes

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Steph, Always wonderful family memories are made cutting down trees and putting them up each year! Love your tree! OLM

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Steph, beautiful family memory you have there!! The girls did a great job--they are always so cute!!--Jan

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Steph, what fun family memories, thats what it's all about......they did a wonderful decorating job, the tree looks so beautiful.......Get mine this weekend, YEY!!!! Blessings Francine..

Simple Thyme Prims said...

Beautiful tree Steph!..these are very special memories..blessings,~Ronda

Sheila said...

What beautiful tree........especially all the memories that you have going to get it and the special ornaments hanging on it! I've always said when my kids moved on that I would have that special tree like in the magazines, but once I start to decorate the tree I somehow can't leave all those memories in the box and continue to hang those special ornaments year after year!

The Gingerbread Gem said...

Hi Steph

Last year, right after Thanksgiving, I visited my family in Chicago. I decorated the tree with my cousins (still children :-)). And I noticed they had different ornaments, also special from one place or another. Interesting, because we don't have that. We just go to the store and buy ornaments that match. Fancy, but not a lot of memories attached to it of course.

I wish I could decorate my tree too, but we always wait until after Dec 6 (St. Nicholas). Well, I have to be honest. I'm always first in our street, because I can't wait. You'll see lights and a tree around here around Dec 1 ;-)


TheCrankyCrow said...

Great tree!! It would take up our entire living room though!! Ahhhh - what a wonderful tradition for your family - and what beautiful memories you're creating. We've never done a family tree outing - don't really know why, but it is kind of sad now that I think about it....

But, the thing I loved best about this post??? Middle's tail of course!! ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Beckyjean said...

Love your tree Steph!! You are creating wonderful family memories...the tree farm sounds wonderful.