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One of my favorite memories growing up was hunting for a Christmas tree with my brothers. We would spend what seemed like hours on the tree farm fighting over the perfect tree---the taller the better for me while my brothers always preferred the fluffy stout ones. As soon as we would arrive home and set the tree in the stand it was time to decorate. We would reminisce through ornaments as we decorated the tree. I have always looked forward to making these same memories when I had a family of my own.
Fast forward to this year, as we are getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of four we decided it was the perfect time to start this tradition with our own little family. Christmas Tree farms in the desert are non-existent, so we adventured up to Flagstaff this weekend to cut one down in the forest. The tree species in Arizona are a little goofy. Our options reminded me of the Charlie Brown Christmas trees, but we managed to find the perfect one. She’s a bit stick-like and a little silly looking, but she smells like a dream. And full disclosure, objects in the forest are much larger than they appear. Let’s just say we had to do some major trimming to fit her into our house.
I am not sure if Brody was more excited about the sparkly ornaments or standing on the stepladder, regardless he was on cloud nine. Isla was equally enthralled with the Christmas lights twinkling on the tree. We danced around singing along to Christmas songs and filling the tree branches with ornaments.
There is something so magical about having little ones this time of year. Their spirit and excitement about everything—from festive pajamas to decorating cookies---is felt by all of us. Decorating the tree together will be a tradition I look forward to for years to come.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Do you cut down a real tree?