O Christmas Tree…

We got our Christmas tree Saturday! YAYYYYY! I actually almost forgot my camera, but Mom brought it for me because she wanted me to document this year especially (for a reason I will post about later). Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, I got pictures. Unfortunately most of them are “content over quality,” but hey, the content is good. 😉 Enjoy your virtual trip to the Christmas tree farm!

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On the way there I finally and triumphantly closed a debate my siblings and I have had for a long time: whether this strange white statue thingy you can barely see from the road is a dinosaur or a swan. Take a guess.

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My camera will tell no lies (although things do get blurry sometimes). IT IS A DINOSAUR. JUST AS I SUSPECTED. I know this is an terribly awful and horrible picture (I cropped it a lot) BUT IT IS PROOF.

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Ahem. Let’s move along now… the first thing I took a picture of at the tree farm was a chicken. Because I have never seen a chicken before. Or something. (The 27,000 chickens a few hundred feet from our house clearly don’t count…?) But in my defense, I don’t think I’ve seen a grown chicken without a comb. O.o

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Wait, why am I talking about chickens and dinosaurs in a Christmas tree post? I suppose I just missed the trees for the forest… SORRY THAT WAS BAD, I KNOW. Okay, Allison, settle down. Trees. Show the people the tree pictures. Ahem.

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This tree farm has a special “candy cane tree” for kids. Let me tell you now, it is LOADED.

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After meandering around practically the whole place, as usual, we finally picked out pretty much the tallest one there was. Which unfortunately wasn’t very tall. We usually like to get a 7-8 foot one, but this was barely 6 once we cut it down. :/ Oh well. There didn’t seem to be many tall trees at the other Christmas tree farms either, from what I heard, so I guess we’ll just have to settle with the one we have. 😉

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“Timberrrrr!”

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Some people used sleds to carry their trees back, but eh, we have boys. 😉

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Me: “WHAT ON EARTH is Megan doing in this picture?! Ah yes, she’s sucking a candy cane.”

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The poor little tree was so… well, little, that we had to prop up the stand with thick blocks of wood. XD It really helped, though. It looked a bit sketchy at first, but much better after we put the lights and ornaments on.

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It was so much fun to listen to Christmas music and take out the ornaments one by one, telling their stories or making jokes about them, especially the terrible foam kindergarten ornaments. XD Three angels in particular induced a lot of laughter…

#1: The Terror-Inducing Angel: In the sermon on Sunday, our pastor was discussing angels and how they are probably not blonde-haired, blue-eyed, effeminate-looking men wearing long dresses  like they are on Christmas cards (BAHAHAHA), because they’re always terrifying and awe-inspiring to people in the Bible. Anyway, Logan thought this angel he made a while ago was a terror-inducing angel because of his rather pronounced humpback and scraggly appearance (a little hard to see in the photo). HA HA IT WAS SO FUNNY.

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#2: The Ninja Angel: UGH why is this picture out of focus in just the wrong place?? *Sigh* Anyway, we thought this angel looked like she was karate-chopping something. XD

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#3: The Gift Angel: This one wasn’t so much funny as neat. Dad said they stopped and helped a lady fix a flat tire or some such thing on their anniversary trip, and she got their address and sent them this ornament later to the “angels” who helped her. Isn’t that so sweet?

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Behind the scenes: Jeff reading a random book which happens to be The Daring Book for Girls. HA HA. Also, strangely enough, we somehow have Santa hats even though we don’t do anything else Santa-related? *shrugs* Hey, it goes great with oversized rocket pajamas, right? 😛

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Another Santa hat? Actually, though, I really like this picture. 🙂

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HA HA. Megan (referring to our cats): “Who votes that Jinx is better than Tom? ME!” Carmen, in a scandalized voice: “WHAT?!”

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After the decorating was finished, Carmen and Mom made us some hot chocolate and we sat around the tree drinking it and talking and listening to Christmas music. It was lovely.

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Well, mostly lovely… For some reason Megan and Jeff were compiling a list of synonyms for… let us say, “to toss one’s cookies.” *rolls eyes* That was gross. Oh dear, that’s siblings for you. 😛

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Heh heh, so that’s the story of our Christmas tree this year! I hope you enjoyed it, despite the strange detours. 😉 Getting a Christmas tree and decorating it is one of my favorite holiday traditions. What’s yours?

***Allison***

P. S. Oh, and guys! My blogging friend (and fellow farm girl), Hayley, has started a YouTube channel! Her photography and videography are beautiful, and I always love her posts. ♥ So definitely check out her blog and channel and maybe even follow them both. 🙂

 

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106 thoughts on “O Christmas Tree…

  1. *gawks* THAT TREE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. We don’t plan on doing decorating until my brothers come back on the 15th, but I can’t wait! 😀 Oh wow, THAT IS INDEED A DINOSAUR. Also, that chicken is very cute. 😛 Funny story – at first I thought that Megan was smoking. XDDDD Which I’m sure she would never do. 😛 Ooh, I’m obsessed with everything peppermint, so I would just take the whole tree. XD

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    1. Hee hee WELL GOOD! It doesn’t look QUITE as pretty in real life, but it does look pretty with the lights on. 🙂 INDEED! Heh heh. I know, right? At first I thought she was whistling (which wouldn’t be unusual). 😛 Yeah, it’s a good thing she wasn’t smoking. O.o HA HA. BAD ENNI.

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      1. I think it looks beautiful. *puts hand over heart dramatically* I know! It looks so much like a dinosaur! Congratulations – you have now managed to bring animals from the past with your camera. Hmm, yes indeed! I’m sorry – I’m just VERY obsessed with peppermint – the smell, the taste…EVERYTHING.

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  2. It’s sounds like so much fun getting to chop down a real tree! We have an artificial one but it works 🙂 Lovely photography, as always! ❤ The candy cane tree is such a cute idea!

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  3. Eee, I love this post! 🙂 I’m allergic to real Christmas trees, so we have a fake one, so I loved looking at the photos. And I enjoyed hearing the stories about the angels, hehe. Also, I thought the statue was a swan until you zoomed in… XD Happy 21 days until Christmas!🎉

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    1. INDEED! Aww, thank you! Well actually it’s pretty much a random collection of ornaments we’ve gotten through the years too, just placed in strategic places (like the ugly ones in the back XD). Heh heh.

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  4. Great pictures! I totally thought it was a swan at first but then I saw the second picture. Who has a dinosaur statue in the middle of their yard??? XD Is that kinda weird or is it just me?? Beautiful Christmas tree! A tree full of candy canes?? My happy spot… just kidding… maybe *silently contemplates this* That such a cool story behind the gift angel! I don’t know what my favorite tradition is, but getting a Christmas tree is probably it 🙂

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  5. This isn’t such a sweet post! We just got our Christmas tee on Saturday too! Aww, maybe it’s small, but it’s so cute! How many siblings do you have? I wasn’t trying to keep up due g the post, but ended up confused. Are there six of you?

    ~ Ella Marie

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  6. Your tree is so pretty! We always cut down a live Christmas Tree too! That is really funny about the Santa hats because we also don’t do anything Santa yet my brothers buy Santa hats! 😉 XD

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  7. Great post, Allison! I loved the humorous comments sprinkled throughout. XD As for whether that strange sculpture thing is a dinosaur or a swan, from far away I thought it was a swan, but close up it definitely is a dinosaur! It is really weird, though….
    That’s too bad you couldn’t get a very tall tree, but it looks really pretty, anyway! It’s a lot thicker than our 14 or 15 year old artificial tree……I still really like our tree, though, and we try to make it look pretty every year.
    It was really funny to read about your ornaments with funny backstories, because we have some interesting ornaments as well. There are specific ornaments that most of us don’t want to put on the tree (not that we don’t what them on the tree….), and we also have a ton of paper ornaments that are boring to put on the tree. We also have some ornaments that are very popular, such as the Snoopy ones!
    I love the pictures of the Christmas tree in the dark! It is so pretty. Do you experience Christmas tree light difficulties every year like we do?
    One of my favorite Christmastime traditions is making Christmas cut-out cookies on the first or second Saturday in December. This year it’ll be the second Saturday, and we always listen to Christmas music. The first CD we always listen to is a Gaither Homecoming Christmas CD, which is very classic on our house. 🙂
    ~Sassafras

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    1. Thank you so much, Sassafras! Hee hee! I know, right? It was SO weird.
      Yeah… but you’re right, it’s still pretty. Ha ha, wow, that’s an old tree! Maybe so old it’s getting bald, huh? 😉
      Hee hee, I’m glad to hear that. That’s so funny! I know, we have the same things going on here to.
      Thank you! So do I! Ha, well most of the difficulties usually center around not having enough lights, but we definitely didn’t have that problem this time. We did have to switch a couple of lightbulbs around to get one to work, but overall it wasn’t bad!
      Oh that sounds so fun! We usually do that too, with our friends. I hope you have a great cookie cutting time! 😀 That sounds great.
      Oh, and thanks againfor the lovely comment, dear. 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Allison!
        Oh, yes, we often have the problem of not having enough lights, because our strings go bad or we can’t find the bad lights in a string. 😛 I have found that our white light strings seem to go bad more than our colored light strands, which is annoying, but I do like colored lights better. 🙂
        ~Sassafras

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  8. amazing photos, as always! i love the black and white one of carmen with her drink.

    i’ve always wanted to go to that farm just for the candy cane tree, but my whole family (except for me) is allergic, so we’re stuck with a fake one.

    xo loren

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  9. Love this post! It was like getting a behind the scenes tour of all of your Christmas fun! I live on the prairie so live Christmas trees are out for me 😦 I hope I can visit a tree farm someday though. Thanks for the lovely post!

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  10. This was a lovely post, Allison!! 😀 The pictures were great, and they made me want to go get our tree even more than I already do. XD The Christmas tree farm that we usually go to is closing this year, so we’re going to a different one. I’m curious to see what it’s going to be like! Haha, we don’t do anything Santa-related at Christmas either, but we still buy and wear Santa hats for some odd reason. XD Also, that picture of Megan talking about the cats is hilarious. 😛 Great post, I really enjoyed it! 🙂

    -Clara ❤

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, dear! Heh heh. Oh, I hope the new farm is great! Ha ha, it’s so strange how that happens, right? XD AND YES I KNOW. It was so funny. Thanks again, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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  11. That is definitely a dinosaur. And a very strange one at that. XD
    Your tree is beautiful! I actually do not like anything minty (except toothpaste), so that tree would inspire horror not hunger in me. XD XP Brothers and dads sure are handy, aren’t they? 😉
    Haha; I can totally relate to the Santa-hat-thing. We don’t do anything Santa related (anymore), yet we have a Santa hat and a small Santa doll that looks like a baby with a beard and a Santa suit. We call it our “baby old-man”. 😀
    Ok… yeah… that’s pretty gross… but I have to say that I could see someone in our family looking for a synonym to-uh- that word/term. XP
    Great pictures! I really enjoyed seeing them all. As Gracie said, I feel like I was there (and I kind of wish I was! it looks like it was a lot of fun.) 🙂

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  12. Looks like a fun day! I love Christmas, and Christmas decorating! 🙂 That’s interesting about the Santa hats! I found an elf hat (and some santa hats) one year, and now wearing the elf hat is kind of a tradition for me 😀 😛 .
    ~Gracie

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  13. Your posts make me so happy❤ Loved this post (like always!) and your family seem absolutely lovely! I’m only going off the photos you’ve taken, but you’re so good at capturing them it’s almost like you’re telling us about them but not using words??? (that made zero sense😂 basically I just love your photography and I’m gonna stop awkwardly blabbering now!)

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  14. That looked like so much fun and a tree full of candy canes? Sign me up! 😀 Your tree looks so beautiful, usually pictures of the overall tree look messy to me, but yours looks so photogenic and model-like! 😉 Your traditions and everything looked so fun and cozy! Yay, you are exactly like us, we don’t have anything to do with santa things, but have santa hats (or at least I do, my 21 year old brother doesn’t have one, hehe). 😀 We spent almost 2 hours in the forest looking for our tree this year, but alas we found one! Well, actually my brother did by dissapearing and giving us panic attacks because we coudn’t find him and he wasn’t answering our yells and whistles, haha! We finally found him and then decorated! I even have a small live tree in my bedroom along with hanging lights and all sorts of decorations, it looks so pretty! Do you decorate your bedroom? 😉 Your siblings look really happy and like great friends, just like me and Josh. 😀 Don’t you wish we lived near each other!? 😀

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    1. HA HA! Yes, it’s always great. 🙂 Aww, why thank you! It unfortunately doesn’t look quite as perfect in real life, heh heh. Ahh yes, it was! ♥
      Ha ha, that’s so funny! Wow, your tree trek (:P) Sounds like SO much fun – and scary that you almost lost your brother. O.o Oh that sounds lovely! We didn’t really decorate our bedroom that much for Christmas, but Megan did make some Christmas lettering and such for her bulletin board.
      Aww, hee hee. That’s true sometimes more than others, if you know what I mean. 😛 But yes, we are. ♥ I DO! That would be so much fun, eek!

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  15. This is so amazingly written. And the pictures of your family just make me so happy! Followed! 🙂
    I’m just starting out in poetry and blogging and it would be amazing if you could give my page a follow too!
    (if you like my stuff too of course!)

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  16. That’s so funny that out of all things to be talked about heading to a Christmas tree farm was debating whether a statue was a swan or dinasour LOL. I like your lucious full tree you ended up picking but not so much as the one full of candy canes😜

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