Monday, December 04, 2006

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

What a great day we had getting our Christmas tree on Saturday. We drove to Kansas to Bowens Christmas Tree Farm. The drive was beautiful. The snow covered fields and the ice on all of the trees. The trees looked like they had white Christmas lights all over them. I think we were the first family there since the huge ice/snow storm. The fields were still covered with 10 inches of snow and there was not a single footprint in the snow. The kids all ran around in all of the snow trying to be the first one to pick "The Tree". We did this last year and it was so hard to visualize this tree in your house. We were looking for an 8 ft tree that was somewhat skinny. Did you know how hard it is to find a skinny tree? We finally found the one and we all trekked back to the little gift shop that had cider and hot chocolate. We let the high school kids that worked there go out and cut it down and haul it back to the parking lot. I kept telling my children that this was a "memory being created" I love creating memories...I mean how often can you head out in the snow on a beautiful sunshiny day and get your Christmas tree and drink hot chocolate??? Well if you lived your whole life in Alabama like we did, that just does not happen.

The fun began when we got the tree home. We let it air out over night to get all the ice melted etc. before we brought it inside. We put the tree in the center of the room and then I started cutting the bailing string that held it all together. I started cutting and it was kind of making pinging sounds. Like the stress of the tree trying to push its way out. I was reminded of the movie Christmas Vacation when Griswold undid his tree and the tree limbs went through windows and knocked over furniture. When my tree was finally out and I stood back to look at it I was dumbfounded. How in the heck had we gotten such a HUGE tree. I mean it did not look that big out in the field with all of the other gigantic trees.

I then put three of my kitchen chairs around the tree so I could stand on them as I put the 900 lights on. Yes 900 Lights!!! The kids were beside themselves with anticipation of putting the ornaments on. Every year the kids all get a new ornament from us. It is so much fun to look back and see all of their ornaments from years past. So this year they sat down around the tree and I handed out, one at a time their new ornament.

Now after all of this talk, I know you want to see the tree...right? Am I right?? Here are some pics of the drive to Kansas, the tree farm and then the finished tree. Enjoy!!

*****I have entered my tree in this contest!**************


Kim said...

Wow! What a great story! Your tree is gorgeous! Now,that's a family memory!


crygibb said...

What a beautiful tree. Thanks for sharing.

local girl said...

That tree is so pretty . . . and HUGE! How wide is it? Thank you for entering the contest. Good luck!