Country Living, Family & Friends, Inspiration

Ohhh Christmas Trees!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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From our home to yours …

We wish you a Merry Christmas

and all the joy your hearts can hold!

 

 

58 Comments

  1. What a lovely family experience Anna! I can imagine the size of the trees would be hard to gauge, lucky you had Jonathan. I could see myself insisting on a tree, the kids saying mom that is huge and it being 20 feet tall!! Love this post Anna! The pictures are just amazing!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynn! It was a lot of fun for sure! 🙂 Yes, I think I would have had a 20 foot tree as well and picture it being the perfect size! Every tree looked small compared to the really huge evergreens! Lol! 😉 Hugs!

      1. haha so much fun! the girls must have had fun once they got used to it all! It looks just amazing! Let’s face it our state is totally amazing Anna!

        1. Yes, they sure did!! Lol. 😀 It was such a lovely drive, too — we passed turkeys, sheep, cows. 🙂 Yes, I agree — we have a totally amazing state, Lynn!!

  2. What a fun family outing. Your children will remember it forever! Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks so much, Darryl! We had a fun time for sure! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  3. That must have been such a fun experience for the entire family!!!! 🙂

    1. It was so fun, Shamira! Such a great experience — the girls were so excited! 🙂

  4. Anna–How lovely! These are the times that memories are made of 🙂 Such a blessing!

    1. Yes, so true, Lana! 🙂

  5. It never occurred to me that you could just drive into the mountains and pick a tree! We go to a retail place or to a tree farm. This sounds like a wonderful adventure and a fun tradition for the family in the future!

    1. I happened to ask a friend of mine where they go to get their trees — I knew it was in the mountains somewhere. 🙂 She told us where to buy a tag and the general location where they went with their family. It truly was a wonderful experience, and we hope to keep it a family tradition! 🙂 I have to say that the mountains after a fresh snow smells absolutely amazing — so refreshing!

  6. Claudia (Ammy)

    What a wonderful day that must have been! Bet the house smells yummy with evergreen and cinnamon wafting in the air.

    1. Thank you, Claudia! Yes, it was a wonderful experience for sure! The evergreen and cinnamon does make a lovely combination in the house. 😉

  7. I love this! What a beautiful family memory to cherish 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful time x

    1. Thank you so much, Claire! It was such a lovely experience, and we hope to keep it as a family tradition! 🙂 x

  8. This is such a lovely post, Anna I love the pics. It must have been a wonderful experience for you all and such fun 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! It truly was a wonderful experience — we hope to keep it as a family tradition! 😉 I hope you are doing well!

      1. Family traditions are so special 🙂 . Anna, you are so sweet. I am doing well thank you. I hope you are too. x

        1. Yes, family traditions are so wonderful — very special memories! 🙂 So glad to hear you are doing well, dear Lynne! We are doing well also, thank you! We have quite a lot of snow now! I hope you are having a lovely weekend, Lynne!

  9. So exiting, I always wanted to do that. I did it with my dad every year … cut a tree, but I figured Addison is still too small this year. Maybe next year !?

    1. Yes, it really is a wonderful family experience! 🙂

  10. This is such a lovely family experience ! Merry Christmas to you and your family Anna 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Freda! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! 🙂

  11. Such a precious adventure! Although the warning did make me laugh out loud. Quite a bit “Christmas Vacation”. Beautiful tree:)

    1. Thank you, sweet Sadie! It was such a special day! 🙂 And yes, I laughed about the warnings as well (after we were back safely at home, that is!!) I pictured us out there camping like Barbie and her sisters with that great big bear — remember that episode? 😉 Lol.

      1. You know I do! I think that bear still lives in the camper bathroom! 🐻

        1. Yes, you’re right!! I do remember the bear still living in the camper bathroom!! 😀 Lol! I love the camping episode with that bear!

  12. Nicole

    Awesome Anna! Looks like such a fun time! I hope we can do that next year! I love the pics u took:-) Miss you!

    1. Thanks Nicole! 🙂 Miss you so much, too! Come up soon! 😀

  13. Anna I must tell: I envy you!! What an experience with the family! In Italy we do not have this opportunity and after reading your post..well…I want to my Christmas tree!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Isabella, for your kind words! 🙂 We truly had a wonderful experience! I hope someday you’ll have the opportunity to visit Idaho, and we could go see the Christmas trees! 🙂 I am enjoying your blog so very much … Italy is so lovely! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!
      ~ Anna

  14. Come visit me I have a simple gift

    1. Oh Lynn, you are so sweet! I would love to come visit! 🙂

        1. 🙂 Been thinking of you!

          1. Are you knee deep in snow like us?

          2. Almost! Lol. The streets are pretty much clear, but there is still a lot everywhere else! Kind of concerned about the chickens — they finally came out of their coop last week, then we received more snow, and they will not come out again. 🙁 Guess they will eventually. I miss seeing them out in the yard. 😉

          3. I didnt know that chickens dont like snow but i guess that makes sense! Yes our streets are ok but lots of snow all over

          4. I’ve heard some chickens are fine in the snow — a friend of mine said hers go out in the snow all the time. Lol. Your weather sounds very similar! Oh yes! I would love to come visit your blog!! 🙂 I’ve missed you and everyone!! I’ll be right there! 😉

          5. Are the girls having fun in the snow? My son was just in cambridge for the holidays

          6. Oh yes, they love the snow! Oh how fun to go to Cambridge! It’s so pretty up there! 🙂

          7. You are sooo sweet, dear Lynn! I read your post now and replied! 🙂

          8. Thanks just wanted to thank you! Your friendship is a blessing

      1. Come to my blog please to see me

  15. That must have been so exciting. Picking out your own tree

    1. Thank you, Joan! It was such a lovely experience … we want to make it a family tradition! 🙂

  16. What a lovely day out, and perfect for bringing back that wonderful Christmas feeling. I’m so glad you didn’t have to camp out overnight! The scenery looked stunning, particularly with its covering of snaow. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Anna. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Millie! I’m so glad we didn’t have to camp out overnight, too! 😉 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well, dear Millie!

      1. We had a lovely, family Christmas, thank you, Anna. And we always have a real tree, too. We had a six footer this year, which took a lot of decorating. 🙂

        1. I’m so glad to hear you had a lovely family Christmas, dear Millie! So lovely to have a real tree as well … and six feet … that sounds like my kind of tree! 🙂

          1. It was a foot taller than the ones we usually have, Anna, but it had such a great shape, we went for it. I love the smell of a real tree at Christmas. We always go for a Norway Spruce for that reason. 🙂

          2. Sounds absolutely delightful, Millie!!

          3. Yes, it was a lovely time. It’s a pity that next Christmas is such a long way off! 😀

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