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Christmas is a time of some pretty major traditions for our family. While we have been learning to let go or change some Thanksgiving traditions, we have worked very hard to foster and cling to our Christmas traditions.
I love Christmas. All of it. I really do. The family traditions are always my favorite part. I think I just love the feeling of happiness and security that doing the same things and seeing the same things over and over each year create.
Yesterday we got Eddie all bundled up to go pick out our Christmas tree. Every year of my childhood, my parents took us out to get a tree. To be honest, I hated it. I hated having to trudge through the muddy, cold fields arguing over which tree would be best in our house. Then standing their while dad cut it down. And of course then? We had to drag it back to the truck, get it secured in the trailer, and get home.
And none of that meant that dad was going to hurry up and get the tree in the stand. And even if he did? It usually had to sit there and “dry” before mom would allow it in the house.
All of this was excruciatingly slow to us, and after awhile, my dad just went out and got one on a Saturday morning by himself. One that was already cut.
But…we NEVER had a fake tree. Ever.
Saturday morning we bundled Eddie up and took him with us to Bosch’s in Holland to pick a lovely pre-cut, REAL Christmas tree. It took us maybe 5 minutes to pick out this colorfur (I think that is how it’s spelled). By the way, this place smelled WONDERFUL! I wish you could scratch and sniff your computer screen because each time they sawed off the end of someone’s stump it smelled like pine heaven.
Anyway, after getting our stump trimmed, and some ooo-ing and ahhh-ing by Eddie at the giant inflatable snowman, we loaded our treasure up.
psst. by the way? that super duper cute hat Eddie is wearing? Is from Baby Butterfly Boutique. Super awesomely cute baby stuff and ridiculously awesome customer service!
We took our tree home.
(also, please ignore my dumpy-looking socks in this picture. they are too big and out of control).
I don’t go with the themed-tree or the color-coded tree or anything that elegant. The ornaments on our tree don’t cost much money. We don’t get the little white lights that twinkling in the pretty dark room.
Nope. Our tree is what we call a “family tree” or as my actual family calls it a “tacky tree”.
When we were kids, my mom and my grandma put the huge colorful lights on the tree and filled it with ornaments that were handmade and told a story. That is what I always wanted my tree to be too. It tells the story of our family.
Some may say our tree is tacky or gaudy or just weird. People might laugh at our choices of ornaments or decorations. But to us, this tree is the story of our family. And we will put new ornaments on it each year to reflect what new parts of our lives.
Decorating the tree is one of my most favorite traditions of the season. what is one of yours?
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