Dec 3, 2013

Christmas Tree Shopping

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we set aside for Christmas Tree shopping. Given the short Christmas season, I wanted to make sure we got the tree up as soon as possible. And while last year was Sydney's first Christmas, this year she was a much better age to take out to a Christmas tree farm where we could cut down our own tree.

Originally, I thought we would go up to Apple Hill, but after doing some research Saturday morning, thought better. Every Christmas Tree Farm I looked up listed their starting prices at $60. Some went up to $80! I'd rather go to Home Depot or Lowe's than pay that much to cut my own tree down. Luckily, we had Davis Ranch in our pocket. And even though we hadn't been there in 2 years, their prices hadn't changed. $35 for any tree.

We headed out around 11 AM, and both girls took a nice nap in the car on the way. Matt, Lynde & McKenzie met up with us, where they would be getting McKenzie's first Christmas tree.

Within minutes, both families had their trees picked out, but not before London set her sights on a tree much too large for our house. Still, the pictures of her next to her choice, next to Cameron's choice and then our actual choice, are pretty cute.

Cameron brought along his new chainsaw which made for quick work in taking the 2 trees down. We loaded them up on our new trailer (which we got the day before in anticipation of our Christmas tree adventure). We both agreed that it seemed to be quicker to choose and cut our own tree down than going to Lowe's like we had last year. Last year, it was dark and we had to pull each tree out to get a good look at it before making a decision. At the Christmas tree farm, all the trees are on display naturally.

It took a few days, but we finally have the tree decorated. I'm sure the rest of the house won't be far behind but Christmas Card orders need to be made and letters written first.

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