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i haven't had a christmas tree for three years now. since we've lived so far away from our families we were always traveling for nearly the entire month of december, so putting up a christmas tree was nearly pointless. instead, we just mooched off the enjoyment of our parent's and sibling's trees (and didn't have to take them down after the holidays!).

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but this year is different. for the first time in a long time, we were able to get a tree! it's just one small perk of being back home. another small perk is that 'home' just so happens to be the 2nd largest producer of christmas trees in the states. YES! so, i started searching for local tree farms and finally decided upon one that sounded promising. with cider in hand we bundled up and headed out about 11 miles down a windy road.

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upon arriving we were greeted by grandpa, a small dog and no one else in sight. as we inhaled our firsts breaths of christmas, we let toaster and the farm pup play in circles around us. our instructions were to go find the tree of our dreams somewhere on the several acres of trees and to only return when we'd chosen the one.

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it wasn't an easy task. all were either lopsided, asymmetrical, too short or too tall. until about 5 acres in... we spotted it! way up on the hill there was a perfectly straight, round and fluffy tree and it was just the right height. we marked the tree and returned. grandpa says, "did you bring a saw?" we giggled, then realized he was serious, then looked at each other with wide eyes. 'um, well, we were hoping maybe we could borrow one of yours?'.  he grabbed a small, 10 inch saw (apparently, 'the big one' was in his other truck) and drove us down to where it was located.

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after about 5 minutes of sawing, david yelled 'timber!' as our pretty tree fell to the ground and got wisped away to be measured, bundled and strapped to the top of our car.

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with sappy hands we returned and spoke fondly of our experience the whole way home. we quickly fastened it in a stand, watered it and turned in for the evening.

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the next day, my mom came over and helped me decorate it. apparently i love these globe lights, because after i purchased several new boxes of them, i found the exact same ones in my christmas decor boxes.

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we carefully unwrapped the ornaments i've collected over the years, and hung them each on the tree. i love nothing more than sitting by the fire at night with no light on in the house except for the ones on the tree. merry christmas!

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  • It just isn’t Christmas to us without this very tradition. We love supporting our local farmers and it is the event of the holidays. We drive about an hour outside of town, take a hayride into fields, and then walk around in circles with hot cocoa/cider in hand until we find the perfect one. The smell… oh the smell of those trees!!! I am so glad others are getting to experience the very same thing. Decorating it is just flock on the tree for us (get it, icing on the cake) :)

  • I LOVE Christmas tree day! It’s like a whole extra holiday around here! :) We go to a local church’s Christmas fair and do the cookie walk so we have Christmas cookies for our adventure. Then we go hunting for the perfect tree farm. We usually try a new farm every year and if that one doesn’t work out we go back to our favorite stand-by in Washington, CT. Last year the author Mary Higgins Clark & illustrator Wendell Minor wrote & illustrated a children’s book based on our little tree farm – The Magical Christmas Horse – we even bought a copy, met them and had it signed. It’s such a lovely book with gorgeous illustrations of the farm and attached farmhouse. Such fun! After we have the perfect tree, we go out for a holiday drink at Starbucks and find a new, fun place for dinner. Then it’s back home, get the tree up and decorated (this year it took until 2:15 a.m. thanks to an issue with the lights :P …oh well!)

    I just love the tradition of hanging the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years. Reminiscing over the stories and meanings connected. My husband still insists on hanging the paper ornaments that I made for him while we were dating. He had no ornaments and his tree was bare except for the lights, so I quickly made up some fun, little ornaments for him. Honestly, he’s adorable about it :)

    Well, that was a looong comment ;)

    SO glad you were able to get a tree this year, Bonnie! Enjoy!