I am sure there are some people who will read this that put their Christmas decorations up as soon as the first breath of cold air blows, some as early as right after Halloween.
I am not one of those people.
I celebrate one holiday at a time, thank you very much.
But now, Thanksgiving is over. So now it’s Helloooo Christmas!
Last Saturday we went out to cut down our Christmas tree. We started doing this little tradition last year, and the kids loved it so much we decided to keep it up. We go out to May-Lan Farm, a fun little tree farm out in Pelzer, SC.
Please forgive the photos, they’re taken with my phone. I’m too lazy to drag my big camera out while cutting down trees.
We always get an untrimmed Leyland Cyprus. I love that it still has some wild look to it, and the Leylands don’t drop needles. LOVE THAT.
The kids all ran around checking out the different trees until we found one we liked. Then my husband got to work cutting it down.
The trunk split a little when it fell over, so all the kids got a turn helping trim it down past the cracked part.
The farm carries your tree up to the front for you so you don’t have to drag it yourself. So we headed up to the front to pay for our tree and enjoy some of the other fun things the farm has to offer.
Santa was there, so all the kids went to visit him. My ten year old had to be coxed a bit. I think that we’re almost at the end of his belief in the big guy. A couple years ago he asked me if Santa was really real or if my husband and I bought the presents. I asked him what he thought, and he said, “Well, I think it might be you and Daddy, but I’m going to keep believing in Santa just in case.” Smart kid.
We also checked out the rest of the farm. We went on a hay ride, tasted some of the products they had for sale, and visited with the farm animals. I got a look, and smell, of my future when we visited the gigantic pigs. And I forced all of my children to stand in front of the giant ruler. They’re good sports.
Once we got home, the tree went up. I am always surprised how much bigger the tree looks when it’s in my house instead of out in a big field. This time we ended up with a twelve footer.
The next day I got to work decorating. I needed a ladder to reach the top. Putting the lights on the top was a little… precarious. I am a strange person who likes kind of sparse ornaments on a tree. To me, the most beautiful part of a Christmas tree is the tree all lit up with lights. So we have a few favorite ornaments that go up, and some handmade decorations, but that’s it.
My very favorites are the glass icicles. I need to get more of these.
The homemade stars I made last year go on. I think they’re sweet and rustic. That’s what I call things that aren’t perfect. Rustic. It works for me.
And my homemade ruffled tree skirt goes on the bottom.
And there she is, all finished.
Oh, except for the orange slices. They’re still drying out in the oven, but they help fill it out even more, and when the light shines through them they look like they’re glowing.
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
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