Every year we go to this cute little Christmas Tree farm, where an Elf comes and cuts down the tree you choose. It’s fun for the kids, and adds that extra Christmas magic. This is my first year blogging so I was really excited to blog about this experience…
And then, it didn’t happen. Life just gets busy sometimes, the plans you make go to the way side and the way things end up getting done are never how you envisioned it. None the less, they get done. So, we ended up going to this landscaping nursery which is right around the corner. This nursery is one of my favorites, they sell some home decor there and the Christmas decorations are drool worthy. On Friday nights they have Santa come, they do little hayrides around the gardens blasting Christmas music and at the end is a fire pit where you can warm up and sip hot cocoa. An elf didn’t cut down our tree but my kids did have an awesome time, and some extra Christmas magic. All in all, it was just fine.
Oh, Santa pictures…they’re all always a little awkward, aren’t they!?
It was cold out, and as I said we were going on a hayride, so no fancy Santa pics for these kids. I’ll get them on Christmas day!
Now, we need to pick our tree… and someone’s very excited!
I gotta give my kids credit, they picked out a really good tree. I may have suggested it, but it was totally their call! It’s a 7′ Noble Fir and it’s perfect!
This is the first year I actually let my kids decorate the tree with me. They are 4 and 2, so they’re a bit non helpful when they’re trying to help, you know!? I let my OCD go and figured I can move things around when they weren’t looking. (Shhh, don’t tell them!) They were ecstatic and so proud of their work. My older son, Ethan was a little bit more involved but my 2 year old, Reid loves to sit back and admire the lights.
First things first, they need to make their own ornaments. I’ve done one every year since they were born. Granted, when they were infants it was just one of those hand print kits you can get at a craft store. This year, we got fancy and painted some penguins!
They take their penguin painting very seriously.
Once the lights were on it was time for the fun part…
I remember being a kid at Christmas time, it’s like the world changes. Everything is so magical, and twinkly. I still get giddy for Christmas, but as an adult rationalization and responsibility set in,it takes some of the magic right out of the season. You know, like when the credit card bill comes in. (eek) I enjoy seeing my kids pure innocent excitement so much, makes me feel like a kid again too!
I really don’t put too much on my tree because I really enjoy the actual tree. A few gold and red ornaments, one bird house, some rusty jingle bells, my kids ornaments and some faux snow. A few random ornaments that speak to my rustic loving heart as well. Lights, lots of lights.
Well, there she is. If you read my Christmas Home Tour you’d know I promised you this post. Promise delivered friends. With that, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. May it be filled with love, friends, family, laughter and good old Christmas magic.
xo – K