This year, we decided to stay in New York for Christmas. We left our plastic tree when we moved, so for the next two years at least, we will have a real tree. I'm pretty excited about that. We always had a fresh tree growing up, and I think we've only had one once since we've been married. There is a large tree plantation in Clarence, NY just down the road from us, so we went to go get our tree last week.
We walked up and down the rows of beautiful Christmas trees searching for just the right one.
The tree needed to be full, but not too wide or too tall. Our duplex is tight on space as it is, and we didn't want to have it in the middle of the front room.
After searching for awhile, Stephen spotted the perfect tree, and was very adamant that we get that one.
Everyone agreed that it would be just right!
The kids each took turns with the saw (well, not Tanner). Then dad finished it off.
My camera battery died, so I didn't get any pictures of them carrying it back to the barn to get wrapped up, but it was quite a sight! Part of the time, Dad had the stump end and the boys were helping drag the other end along the trail. But most of the time, Blake carried it by himself. He did this by holding the truck up by his shoulder with the whole tree standing straight up in the air. I wish my battery hadn't died. Oh well, next year I guess.
We got it home and set it up. The next day, we put the lights on, and the kids went to town with their boxes of ornaments. It was great! We don't have a designer tree with matching ornaments, but it is perfect for us, and I wouldn't have it any other way!