As a child growing up in California, I greatly anticipated visiting the nearby Christmas tree lots to pick out a beautiful tree with my family. Because I was not as tall as my parents or older sisters, every tree seemed to tower over me, and I was simply in awe! The wonderful smell of pine, the brightly lit tree lots and row after row of evergreens captivated me!
This year, we decided to drive to the mountains to find our family Christmas tree — something we had always wanted to do! As we started off through the valley, the sun was shining with brilliant blue skies, and the girls and I began pondering where we would possibly find a tree. Were we in for a fairly long drive? Not that we mind drives, but it was late afternoon, and we did not want to be out after dark.
Especially when I began reading portions of the brochure that came with our tag:
(paraphrased) Dress warmly, take extra food and equipment in case you find yourself camping overnight. Always let someone know where you are going and your expected return time. Do not deviate from your plan.
Camping overnight? Jonathan and I looked at each other while Aviah’s eyes grew wider by the minute. “You mean we have to camp overnight to get a tree? We didn’t bring any food!” This was indeed correct as I looked at our half-filled cans of La Croix. Geneva on the other hand loves a good adventure and seemed perfectly calm and ready for some fun. I did let family know where we were headed to look for a tree. Check.
Jonathan and I assured the girls that we would not be spending the night — if the roads became too treacherous or it became too late, we would head home and come back the following weekend.
Within a few miles, we began to see a few sparse trees. A little further and there was a dusting of snow on the ground with the mountains in clear view. We became more excited by the second, and soon this was our view!
Now it is really starting to feel like Christmas! It brought back that same child-like feeling, and I knew the girls and Jonathan were feeling the same way — simply in awe!
When looking for a tree in the mountains, every tree looks enormous, so it becomes somewhat of a challenge to accurately know what size you’re looking for. One can look perfect for your home, but in reality be 16 feet tall or more! However, Jonathan has a good eye, and he spotted the perfect one!
Our Christmas tree!
It truly was a lovely family experience, and we made it home safely! Now we are ready for decorating — cinnamon-baked angels, woodland creatures and wooden stars.
From our home to yours …
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and all the joy your hearts can hold!