Here is our adventure from today picking out, cutting down and hauling out our own Christmas tree.
Inspecting what might be OUR tree.
Yup, this is the one. Time to cut it down.
And then somehow we have to get it back to the car! Oh yeah, that is why we have dads!!!
What a great way to spend our first day back in the states.
No photos of the finished product yet because, well, I have decided to make Christmas magic at my house tonight and have all the decorations (over the whole house) be out and done when the girls wake up tomorrow. Gonna be a LONG night people!!
BUT I am not decorating the tree over night by myself, so that will wait for the girls to help tomorrow night.
The Nitty Gritty!
Some may think it is not very green to cut down a tree or to have to replace your Christmas tree each year. BUT the land that Christmas tree farms are on is wonderfully useful land. The trees, grasses and other plants that are on the tree lot provide great habitat for animals, birds and insects. Because the families' livilihood depends on their being lots of trees each year for costumers they have to be constantly replanting and tending to the trees. We love supporting a local family farm instead of buying a plastic tree made in some other country. Plus, our town has Christmas tree recycling programs that turn the trees into a number of things, such as mulch for sale, for town playgrounds and are sunk in lakes around here for fish nurseries.
So, even though it might not be the "greenest" option, we love every part of our HUGE, wonderful smelling, cut-it-down-ourselves, real Christmas tree. And we make it as green as we can!