Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Christmas tree farm experience

We usually put up our fake Christmas tree....I know, I know, fake. Well, after this year, I will continue to put up a fake Christmas tree. Why? Because they are perfect. They are easier to decorate, pre-lit, much more stable, don't require a stand, able to hold more, and the list goes on and on. I didn't want to drag my tree out of storage this year (because it weighs a lot and I almost threw my back out getting it into the storage locker). So, we decided to get a smaller real tree and give the girls the experience of going on the hunt for a tree. I decided that it would be a great idea to go to a Christmas tree farm. The only problem was that there is only one anywhere near where we live and it took an hour to get there. No problem! Let's go. So off to the Lollis Christmas tree farm we went. It was a pretty drive but once we got there, we discovered they only had one type of tree and the type that they had, I didn't really care for. Oh well, we came all this way, we'll get one. Ready to hunt for our tree! daddy with the stick to measure our tree

The girls were first.

Then we started walking all over the place looking for a "perfect" tree. Claire was over it in about 5 minutes.

After walking around for almost an hour, we stumbled on this one and basically were so tired of looking that we were like "that'll do". We waved our stick for the man to come chop it down.

And presto!

They tied it to our roof for us

And the girls were thrilled that we were done looking

So was daddy...

If you sense a sarcastic tone to this post, you are right. What a waste of time. Later the same night, Shaun and I went to wal mart and there was a great looking real tree right at the entrance for half the price we paid but a better kind of tree. Oh well, at least we got the experience, right? Right. Don't even get me started about how frail this tree was, how I couldn't get the lights on it right, how the limbs drooped with every ornament I tried to hang, and how many thousands of needles I vacuumed up. Next year you will see my fake tree back up in all it's glory! Hallelujah and amen!

1 comment:

Sally said...

Ha! Right there with ya girl!! =) I certainly don't miss real trees. Of course, my fake tree that we have been putting up for 7 years decided this year to choose certain sections to stop lighting up. I'm so frustrated with it, but I've been looking around and I can't find another one I like as much. Don't know what to do now. Ugh.