A decorated tree

After getting the tree home yesterday, we washed it, shook it, and left it outside to dry. Then we put it in a stand in a different corner of the room than usual. Lights, ribbons, candy canes, and an angel later, we paused to take it all in.

Mmm… It’s a little taller than we’d expected. Not a bad thing.

It might be time to get some presents.

Fetching the Christmas Tree, 2018

We waited longer than usual to get our Christmas tree this year. Our preferred day is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That didn’t work this year because of our family reunion. The next weekend we were in Salt Lake City. And Suzi worked last weekend.

So, today was the day, and it was perfect — if you like rain. Which we do. Or, it doesn’t stop us. Regardless, off we headed, to the same place we’ve gone the last two or three years. Being so late in the season, most of the tall trees were already taken. Allegedly, there were some taller trees if we walked a quarter mile in that direction, back where we’d come from. We walked and then walked around some more, looking and getting wetter. And having fun. Way more fun than going to a lot and getting a tree already found and cut and staked up as though waiting to be found by us.

Back at the tree farm, the pickin’s were slim and so is our tree. But with decorations, it will be perfect, as is every Christmas tree.

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Tree hunting in the rain?

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Photo credits. Thanks to Jamison for taking pictures this year and giving me permission to post them. Suzi also took a few, which she shared on Instagram.

Fetching the Christmas Tree, 2016

A week earlier than usual, our Christmas season has arrived–today we cut down our Christmas tree.1 After getting it home, we set it up. New LED lights obtained and strung, traditional ribbons wrapped around, and memories in the form of ornaments suspended from its limbs.

Now, we’re watching Miracle on 34th Street,2 drinking hot chocolate, and eating peppermint ice cream. A longer Christmas seasons sounds like a win to me. :-)


  1. Btw, we had to find a new Christmas tree farm. We couldn’t verify that the one we’ve been going to the last 5-6 years was going to be open today. Heather found Sunny Day Tree Farm. Beautiful trees, great selection (even the 10-11 footers that we want), free hot chocolate, and they haul your tree to the parking lot for you. We’ll be back next year. 
  2. The newer one, we’ll watch the older one later in the season… 

Fetching the Christmas Tree 2015

The first weekend after Thanksgiving Day is our traditional time to fetch our Christmas tree. Any earlier invades Thanksgiving; any later gives up valuable days we can confuse the pets with a tree in the house. ;-)

After inspecting the entire tree farm and much discussion, we found our tree, cut it down, tied it to the top of the car, and drove
home.

It was nice to have Melissa home this year have Kevin wield the saw.

Getting the Christmas tree, 2014

This afternoon, we trekked into the hills to get a Christmas tree. We went to the same farm we did in 2010, 2011, and 2012.1

Unlike years in the past, we had no rain, no snow, no fog, and no mud. We also had no problem finding a nice tree, cutting it down2, carrying it to the car,3 lifting it up,4 tying it down,5 bringing it home,6 setting it up,7 and decorating it.8

About all that’s left is to take a pretty picture of it. Maybe tomorrow night. It’s going to be up for a while. :-)


  1. Last year, due to everything else that was going on, we got a tree from a lot. 
  2. I love a sharp saw. 
  3. With help from one of the farmer’s daughters. 
  4. With Jamison’s help. He’s getting tall — and strong. 
  5. Jamison’s help, again. 
  6. The wheels on the car go round and round… 
  7. Yup, with Jamison’s help again. I don’t know what I’m going to do without that boy. :-) 
  8. Everyone helped! Even Mousse and Meisa wanted to get in on the fun. *<:-)