This year our family started the holiday season with a poll. We wanted to decide whether to go with a real Christmas tree or a “fake” Christmas tree. So, I placed it on Facebook. The result? The majority of my friends and family (who replied) voted for “REAL.”
Still, I have a very determined engineered-tree-loving member in my family (who shall not be named) so we took it to the next level. We simply put fake/real into a bowl and pulled out a slip of paper.
The Winner…A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE!! BOOYA!
Then the next dilemma was WHEN to get the tree. We had 4 choices: December 8th, December 15th, December 20th and December 24th. Again we went with the lottery option for determining the day. Bella had the honors of selecting the winning day.
Bella was beyond excited! You think she’d won a gold medal. So for 7 days I heard daily, “Mom, it’s only this many more days ’til we get the tree!” “Mom, are you excited? I can’t wait to get the tree?” “Oh, I wish it was the 8th so we were getting the tree.” We finally had to threaten her with extending the tree retrieval date by one day for each time she told us about it. THAT finally stopped the obsession.
FINALLY, the day arrived. Of course it was in the middle of a cold snap. She was sadly disappointed that we were not leaving first thing in the morning. We simply told her to wait until the afternoon when the weather would warm a little more. After she could not stand it any longer, we finally loaded in the truck and headed to find a tree.
The next hurdle in our story was WHERE to get the tree. One wanted Albertson’s parking lot. The other wanted to go to a very local u-cut place. The other a tree lot in the middle of nowhere. The parents wanted to go to a place we have frequented. We started with the local u-cut place. WAAAY too many people. So Dad turned the truck around, stopped for hot cocoa and headed to the lot of his choice.
It’s a simple little lot in Washington County. It’s only open on the weekends in December. Run by one of the nicest couples. And affordable. They have Firs, Grands and Nobles available.
They placed a saw in Gabby’s hands and we headed toward the land of the Grands. Can I just say it was COLD. Very COLD. At this point my hands were cold from the camera…We stop and look at several trees. This one. No This one. No this one. Finally we stop at this one tree. BIG tree.
That’s pretty big I say. No, it’s the right height. I’m not worried about the height. I’m worried about it fitting in our living room. Mom. You’re worrying about nothing. It’s not too big. Ok. We can get this tree. Bella starts jumping up and down. Dad and Gabby help Calvin by holding the tree. He starts sawing away. I stand back and take pictures.
At this point my feet are frozen. Solid. My hands are numb. I’m trying to make this a fun memorable experience but I’m cold. “Are we done yet?” MOM, stop.
The tree is down. Oh it’s big. (Didn’t I say that?). Heavy. I’m beginning to be concerned it won’t fit in the door. Luckily, they have a baler. What a cool machine! And the service is free!
$25, one bundled Christmas tree and 10 frozen feet later we were on our way home.
Dad brought the tree in. But first he had to adjust it. After 40 minutes we realized our stand was not going to support this tree. And my topper broke. It was beginning to not be a fun event for me. I was edgy. Tired of nothing going the way I “thought” it should go. I took a break and returned with one new stand, one new topper and pizza for dinner.
After instructing the girls on how to properly hang the lights AND place the ornaments properly, we were ready for the final touch: the star. Bella earned the right this year with her zealous desire for Christmas. Her face was beaming. And I have to admit: it’s one of the most beautiful trees we’ve ever had. I’m quite happy.
The only complaint? This tree drinks a TON of water! Good thing that it’s not a human. :)
Have you decorated your tree yet this year? I’d love to see your post. Please share below!