We're going on a Christmas Tree Hunt

One of my favourite Christmas traditions in our little family is going to the Christmas tree farm to hunt down the most perfect Christmas tree for us.  We’ve been doing it three years in a row now, though admittedly last year, the husband had to go on his own since little T had a bit of a high temperature that day.

This year, we were all set on going and the bonus bit was, we went with little T’s best friend F and his family 🙂

We set off from our house at around 2:30 in the afternoon.  It was a dreary-grey Winter day as seen on this photograph.

Every year we go to the Devon Christmas tree farm, which is about a 45 minute drive from where we live.  I read somewhere that if you buy your tree from a Christmas tree farm, freshly chopped, it will last longer than if you buy it chopped from any other shop.  Plus of course, if you have young kids, there’s something special about choosing your own tree right?

Actually If I had my way, I’d have our tree all decked-up on the first of December, pine-needles are such a pain though, so I’ve settled for the second week of December.

They also have a small shop in the Christmas tree farm where you can buy a few Christmas ornaments, lovely wreaths and even some hot chocolate!

And then you’re off to pick your own tree among hundreds and hundreds of Christmas trees.  When you arrive,  they’ll give you a tag with your name on it so you can put it on your chosen tree and then they’ll chop it down for you.

To go on a Christmas tree hunt, you must make sure that you’re wearing the right attire: wellies, a silly wooly hat and a coat to keep you warm in the winter air.

Be adventurous and don’t just choose among the first few trees you see.  Prepare to go through the whole experience of walking through hundreds of trees!

The prickly pine needles and mud is all part of the fun when going on a Christmas tree hunt.

C’mon F!  Says little T!  We’ve got to find the most perfect one!

F says, Let’s go over there!

What about this one?  Little T asks and F answers:  I think it’s too small!

F?!  Where are you?

Oh, hot chocolate!  Yummy!  Says little T forgetting about her best friend and the hunt for the most perfect Christmas tree.

In the end, they left the choice to their parents and were busy instead with the next best-thing in the world – jumping in muddy puddles.

And here’s little T watching the Christmas tree get all wrapped-up and covered in a net ready to go home.

Where do you get your Christmas trees from?

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.

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Hope everyone is having a lovely Chrissmassy weekend!


  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    As you will see from my post we travel a huge 3 miles to pick our’s and make quite a day of it! We love the look and smell of real trees and half the fun is going and choosing one. It looks like T had a great time not only searching for a tree but some good old fashioned puddle splashing. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Same here, we also love the look and smell, the whole experience actually of choosing our own tree. I look forward to doing this all year 🙂

    • Yes, it was a lovely experience indeed! I think I was even more excited than little T. Thank you and to you as well 🙂

  2. Looks like such a fun experience! What great memories! My Christmas tree comes from a box… And I love it! I put ‘pine’ scent in my wax warmer to give off the right scents of the season… I’m not sure I could do a real tree, but I almost want to change my mind when I see the fun and adventure you are having!

    • Oh yes the pine needles are a pain, a real bloody pain especially since we have carpet in the living room. But it’s just so worth it and I’m from a tropical country you see, so this is really a novelty for me 🙂

  3. It looked like you had a great day out. In the ‘summer’ of 2012 I brought home a Christmas tree, much to the dismay of Mrs Sensible. Last year it sat on our driveway with lights on. This year I had a brainwave, I thought it would look fab in our lounge, so I struggled with it up 15 steps, down my hallway and into my lounge. After my heart rate had slowed a little and I had drunk a glass of medicinal wine, I hung lights etc on it.

    It looks great and because it has roots and is sat in a pot of earth (maybe 30 kilos and 2 metres tall, hence the near heart attack) It hasn’t lost any pines. The only problem is, I will have to carry it back outside in the New Year, unless I can convince Mrs Sensible that it looks nice as a pot plant.

  4. afamilydayout

    Looks great – would love to have a farm like that near us! We have some independent garden centres but still not quite the same as getting a tree that’s still growing. #pocolo

  5. Oh, what a lovely way to choose your tree – such fun 🙂 We currently have an artificial one, the result of a crawling 9mo last Christmas! Now, I can’t bring myself to not use it, seems a waste! I love the smell of a fresh tree though 🙂

    • At least you won’t be dealing with pine needles! 🙂 & I’m sure you’ll have a chance to have a real tree again 🙂

  6. krissottoh

    I really like the idea of choosing a tree to cut down! We bought our tree from a charity who was selling trees on the local pier. It was a good day as I agreed to say hi to the local radio station holding a live broadcast outside in return for a $100 gift voucher!

    • Yes, my daughter absolutely loved it this year! I too enjoy it. Real Christmas trees are such a novelly for me, you see I come from a tropical country 😉

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