I’m finally making the annual “Getting Our Christmas Tree” post! This year the experience was… heh, interesting. We kept having troubles with the tree and the decorations and… yeah. This will be a Christmas to remember! :’D At this point it’s a wonder the poor thing is still living (sort of) to tell the tale!
Speaking of which, I should get started with the post now. Once upon a time, there lived an average, unsuspecting evergreen on Christmas tree farm…
Ahem. This year we went to the same Christmas tree farm as we did last year. It’s a lovely place, and quite close, which is a bonus when you drive forty minutes to most things.
The one problem with this farm is, the trees are really short, as you can see in this picture (well also my whole family is super tall, but XD). There weren’t many over eight feet, and we wanted to get a tall one to fit the space we had in mind.
So we strolled all over the farm, searching for tall ones without too many gaps. Somehow the shorter ones always looked so cute and nicely filled in. LIKE THIS GUY. Isn’t this tiny Christmas tree just perfect? And just Carmen’s size. 🙂
While we continued looking, Dad went up to the car to get something (a saw? I don’t remember), and took back Mom’s and my purses while he was at it. We said a guy carrying two purses probably looked suspicious, so Dad wondered if he should walk like this: (and proceeded to hunch over and sneak from tree to tree). :’D Ohhhhh dear. But he made it to the car and back and no one stopped him! XD XD
It seems like whenever we go tree-hunting, we always have to cover every square foot of the farm before we find the right one – can anyone else relate? 😛 I think it’s fun, personally, but poor Jeff had a cold and wasn’t feeling well, so he wished we would hurry up and pick one. Heh.
We finally decided on one of the tallest white pines we found, which was just 7 1/2 feet. Dad did the honors, as always, but Logan held the tree on the other side and just lifted it off the ground before it fell. We were like, “WELL! That was anticlimactic!” 😛 (Side note: WHOA, you can’t see Logan at all in this photo so it looks like Dad’s lifting the tree one-handed. XD)
Of course I had to get the classic carrying-the-tree-back shot. 😉 Just my brothers did it this year.
Or, until Jeff was too weary, after which Logan just carried it himself. XD
We weren’t able to decorate it until a day or two after we bought it, and when we did… eh heh. Dad accidentally trimmed off too many branches from the bottom which made the tree looked REALLY WEIRD. The trunk stuck up so high above the stand that it just looked comical. Especially in real life – it’s not as bad in the picture.
Thus ensued a long debate on whether we should trim the trunk or keep it the way it was. We ended up trimming it off – Dad brought a saw (not a handsaw) into the house and trimmed the trunk off over a towel. :’D It was quite amusing to watch the sawdust flying and hear the noise from cutting a tree IN THE HOUSE. Anyway, Dad did an excellent job and it looked MUCH better afterward. Finally, it was time for the lights.
As you can kind of see from this oddly edited picture, we used colored lights this year, because all the white lights were on Megan’s reindeer. *unimpressed look* She got these random wooden reindeer from an auction and decided to completely cover them in lights, so that’s where those went…
(Hmm, I think I’ll just stick to black and white now. XD The lighting was NOT good.) At last, once the lights were up and the preliminary glass ornaments hung on, we started the best part – placing the family ornaments!
HAHAHAHA. Megan cracked up when she found this ornament that used to play obnoxious, tinny Christmas music but had since died. She and Jeff used to wake up everyone on Christmas morning by pressing the button. *shakes head* Ironically, the ornament had the word “peace” on it. :’D (Yes, I know the picture is blurry but sometimes blurry happiness is the best kind. 🙂 )
(In case you don’t agree with the last sentence, here’s a clearer picture, which I also quite like.)
Ta-daa! Here’s the ornament-loaded result. White pines are nice since they don’t lose needles easily, but the branches aren’t quite adequate for all the heavy ornaments we have. O.o
I have the most ornaments since I’m the oldest, heh heh. I seriously got a TON of ornaments – and some really pretty ones, too! Like these little porcelain shoes.
Whenever we finish the tree, we turn off all the lights and admire it while having hot chocolate and cinnamon toast. This picture of my parents might be my favorite in the post. 🙂 ❤
Ahem. As nice as that all sounds… IT WASN’T THE END. The following day, a sibling that will go unnamed was trying to straighten the Christmas tree and knocked the whole thing over. *facepalm* :’D :’D OH MY GOODNESS. It was a little bit awful, but mostly hilarious (to me, at least), especially since the fall only broke two or three ornaments somehow. It still could have been a disaster, but Mom’s an excellent sport, most thankfully. They got all the bits cleaned up and the tree back up again, but ohhhh dear. XD
I don’t remember whether this happened before or after, but at one point Mom decided she really didn’t like the colored lights, so she bought white lights instead and re-did the tree. O.o It was kind of a bummer that we couldn’t keep the work we’d done together, but I agreed with Mom that the white lights looked much less tacky with our huge variety of ornaments and slightly scraggly white pine. XD
Behold! The (hopefully) finished result! I think it looks quite lovely now. 🙂
I shall end with a classic ornament picture, because they’re still pretty even if they’re cliche, right?
Well! Now you know the interesting and traumatic backstory of our poor Christmas tree – kept in a net for days, trunk trimmed and re-trimmed, knocked to the ground, decorated and redecorated… but it is a SURVIVOR! :’D Oh dear. We shan’t forget this tree anytime soon!
Do you have any interesting Christmas tree stories? Do you get real or artificial trees? Colored lights or white lights?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens; edited with picmonkey.com.