Last Christmas Blake and I started a tradition of heading out to a nearby Christmas Tree farm to pick and cut down our tree for the year, rather than buying a pre-cut or fake one from a store. Although it was only our second year to do this, it’s become one of my favorite traditions; there’s just something about driving to a destination with Christmas tunes on and traipsing through a field, saw in hand, to find the perfect tree for your home (a la Christmas Vacation), that says Christmas time is here!
We were lucky that the Sunday we went was sunny beautiful weather since it had been cool and rainy in the days before, and although there was some muddiness that limited the fields we could get to, we still had hundreds of trees to choose from. I fully got in the spirit and dressed for the occasion in this red reindeer-adorned sweater that I ordered off Amazon a couple years ago for a Christmas sweater themed party. I added this faux fur vest (last worn here) for extra warmth and to break up the pattern in the sweater, these destroyed skinny jeans (on sale for $24!), and these boots which were perfect for the muddy and grassy fields.
We took our time walking among all the trees before finally decided on a large Virginia Pine variety, which is different from the traditional fir that most people associate with Christmas trees, but I love the long silky needles and the whimsical nature that makes it look like it’s straight out of The Grinch or any Dr. Seuss story.
We snapped some pictures of our chosen tree, sawed it down, had it shaken and wrapped for us, and headed home in the setting sun. We set it up that night and after a few days, had the tree and house fully decorated for the holiday. Below are a few nighttime pictures I took of the finished tree and mantle.
What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend it with the people you love!
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