I love Christmas and I’m not ashamed to admit that we put our Christmas tree up on the earliest possible date – this year it will be in November! Now before you shriek in horror, just hear me out. December 1st is a Monday, so that can only mean one thing… That we pop up our tree on the Sunday which just happens to be November 30th! Believe me when I tell you that it takes a whole day to decorate the Trees and our house of course.
This weekend marks the countdown for Christmas for Our Little Family as we pick out our Christmas Trees. It is by far our favourite tradition. I cannot describe in words how excited we are when this weekend arrives on the calendar. Even Lil G is jumping around in excitement! Mr H is by far the most excited. Let me tell you about this tradition, the one which kicks off the start of the festive season for us and leads to gorgeous moments like this one from last year…
Each year we have a real Christmas tree. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a real tree. Well actually, last year we went for two. There is nothing quite like the smell is there? We go to our local farm; Keele Christmas Tree Farm. We pop on our wellies, our hats & scarfs and we make our way in to the deep and muddy tree farm. We are literally head to toe in Christmas trees and we love it.
It has become one of The Ordinary Moments for Our Little Family. One which takes pride of place in our calendar and is met with a HUGE amount of excitement from all of us. We are lucky to have a farm on our doorstep which grows its own.
We look from left to right, up high and low, determined to find the perfect tree. It’s a big deal. Such a big responsibility. We have to find the perfect trees. Would you believe that we have a Christmas tree wish list? Oh yes. We don’t just take one of the trees which have been pre-cut, oh no, we choose our own. Mainly because it’s an adventure, secondly it’s cheaper than taking one which is pre-cut and thirdly, if the roots are left on then the tree lives longer.
Our wish list…
Tree No 1 – The main one, a humongous 7ft beauty which sits in the bay window of Lil G’s play room. It has to be wide, it has to be tall so that literally there is just enough room to pop the star on. It has to be full of beautiful bushy branches and let’s not forget a little bit of trunk showing. Why? Because it adds to the character.
Tree No 2 – Then there’s our second tree. this one sits in our sitting room. We drop to a 5ft tree, this one has to be taller, slimmer but still full of bushy branches.
Often we separate, to make sure that we have the best. Mr H at one end of the farm and me at the other. Lil G wandering between us, helping to make one of the most important decisions of the festive period. On average we are in the tree field of dreams for an hour, at least! And then we get to tag them…
If you are thinking of visiting a Christmas Tree Farm this year then my Top Tip to you would be DO IT. Seriously; to measure the space that you have available and to measure the tree that you select.
And there you have it, the first of many Christmas Traditions for Our Little Family. Keep popping by for more of our little family traditions.
So tell me, do you go for a real tree?