Lotta sap, Clark.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, we hit the road for Elgin to choose our Christmas tree. Scott and I have always been a real tree kinda family. Well, that first two years, we had our sweet little fake tree while we were graduate students and didn’t have two nickels to rub together. By the way, we still have that tree!
For many years, while we were in Indy, we enjoyed fresh-off-the-truck-from-NC Fraser firs. Then, we moved to Texas and discovered the Salado Christmas Tree Farm. Sadly, it closed two years ago and our experience has never been the same.
I’m not sure we’ll go back to Elgin. The trees are beautiful, but pricey. Maybe next year we’ll just get it at Home Depot and then head to Burnet or Johnson City to enjoy the spectacular “Main Street Bethlehem” or the amazing lights. Who knows.
On to the day.
When we arrived it was a madhouse. There must’ve been 200+ cars. #notevenkidding Oh, and it was like 70 degrees. It’s weird to be tree shopping in your shorts and Christmas shirts. I digress. We found the tree pretty quickly and while I waited in line with Gianna, Scott took the kids over to the maze. They ran around like crazy people. Nobody wanted hot chocolate and people kept trying to steal our tree. I must’ve said a dozen times as I stood guard over our wrapped tree, “No, that one isn’t yours, it’s ours.” That’s how many people were on site!
A half hour later, we were paid and off to strap the tree to our van. But, not before snapping some photos.
Here, the girls are freaked out because there’s a spider on the truck. LOL.
I’m dying over that tongue on Gianna.
We finally remembered to bring our own tie downs this year. Elgin is a good 45-minute drive from our house, so we didn’t want that sweet thing flying off at 65mph! Thanks for the photobomb, Gianna.
We listened to Christmas music and sibling fights the whole way home. So we just cranked the music louder. This year, the tree hasn’t fallen and we consider that a win.
We decided to take the tree decorating a little slower here this year. We put the tree up and then just let her enjoy her new space. Then, lights were added and finally the ribbon, topper and ornaments a week or two later. I don’t think we’ve ever taken that long to pretty the tree up – ever – and it was quite nice. I might just do that again.
Here she is, in all her glory. I’ve wanted to add mesh ribbon and a little fancy to our tree for 18 years. This year, I finally did it. Pinterest was no help because all those tutorials are for fake trees, so I just winged it and did my own thing.
Excuse me, while I go inhale the sweet scent of pine needles. Tomorrow, a home tour!