We haven’t had a real Christmas tree in quite a few years. As a matter of fact we haven’t even had a fake one. We sort of went on a tree hiatus, but this year….well, my husband and I wanted to put a little more magic in the traditions. So we not only did a real tree…we went to cut down our own.
Yea, yea, yea….
In most states this is a totally normal thing…in fact in most states there are farms for this sort of thing. But in AZ we kind of lack in the Christmas tree weather department…so, you travel far and wide to reach elevations where this kind of thing can happen.
So the Saturday after Thanksgiving we did just that. We packed up sandwiches and snacks, bundled up (kind of) and drove a few hours north to find our tree.
I think it took less time driving up to get the permit and more time driving to find the one.
If you know my husband even in the slightest then you know that he can’t have just the ordinary of anything. It has to be the best, and if it isn’t the best…he will make darn sure that it will be as close to the best as it can possibly be. I love him for this.
We drove, and walked, and drove, and walked.
Until we finally settled upon a certain area that had to house our tree.
The kids were so excited and followed closely behind Daddy. We finally found the one and cut it down. It’s crazy to me that I have boys big enough to help their Daddy perform tasks like this. It wasn’t long ago that my boys were running wild through the tree lots and tearing lights and decorations down.
Now they are helping Daddy drag the tree, tie the tree, cut the tree, and set up the tree.
This growing thing is so weird.
We had so much fun. And I can’t help but think this will be a new tradition. Sure, it’s much easier to just go to the tree lot and pick out the perfect tree. Drive ten minutes home and set it up. But the memories that were made, the moments that were had, the giggles, and laughter, and fights, and tears, those were all a part of the experience that wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t driven three hours and walked two more.
I love moments. I live for them. And so many special ones were had this day.