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A Country Kid’s Post: Searching for that Special Christmas Tree

For the past five years or so, we’ve been going to one particular Christmas tree farm that’s a bit of a drive away from where we live.  When T wasn’t in school yet, it was easy to go to, since we had all the time in the world to drive to it.  But it’s not so easy now that she’s in school, so when close friends of ours (whom we always go with when picking out a tree) suggested that we go to one that’s within easy drive to us, we readily said yes of course, although admittedly a small part of me was a bit saddened that we weren’t going to our usual place.  When you’re pressed for time, you don’t have much choice do you?

Last Thursday, after picking-up T and her friend from school, two families went to a Christmas tree farm in search of that special Christmas tree.

 It was getting dark, so we had very little time to choose.  In the end though, we chose a slimmer and tall tree.  I wanted something more fuller, but we were losing light, so we had to decide fast.

While this Christmas tree farm was conveniently closer to where we lived, it wasn’t as big as the other one and they also didn’t label their trees.  It was easier to find the kind of Christmas tree you wanted in the old one, where they purposely planted the same kind whether you wanted a Blue Spruce, or a Nordman Fir.  They also had information about each tree up in signs.  As the Cornish would say “a proper job!”.

We couldn’t wait of course and started decorating as soon as we got in.

And here it is, standing tall in our conservatory.  I’m not that pleased with the shape of this tree, I think our most perfect shaped Christmas tree was the one we had last year.

It’s definitely Christmas in our house!  Is it in yours?

A Sea of Pine: Christmas Tree Picking

The run up to Christmas is both exciting and stressful for all of us.  But the joy it brings always outweigh the negatives and Christmas tree picking definitely eases the stress of gift-buying.  Well, at least for me it is.

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We’ve been going to this particular Christmas tree farm for about four years now.  It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions we do in our little family. There’s just something magical about walking through hundreds upon hundreds of pine trees and then of course, looking for that one particular special tree to take home with you.

Like the past years, we usually go with T’s best friend F and his family.  This year, was no different.

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It’s a lovely Christmas activity to do with little ones as pictured above.  Since we’ve been having awful weather lately, there were lots of muddy puddles to stomp on before the hunt for the perfect tree commenced.

There are different kinds of varieties of pine trees at the Devon Christmas tree farm.  Do visit if you’re in the area.  It’s a family run business and as mentioned a really fun activity to do with your family.  Anyway, I’ve only managed to take photos of three kinds of pine trees and they have more than that.

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The Nordman Fir

This tree apparently originates from Russia.  The sign reads:

“With its easy care credentials, its the most popular of all the firs.  Soft, luxuriant foliage makes it easy and pet-friendly.  Attractive to the eye, it has forest-green glossy needles.  Originating from the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, Southern Russia.  This tree has great needle retention and can be bushy or narrow, to suit any space.”

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Fraser Fir

“A funky tree which has very good needle retention.  With its angular branches it has a quirky character.  Named after the botanist John Fraser, who explored southern Appalachians (in the east of the USA) in the late 1700s.  The soft, dense needles are silvery-green with a rich balsam fragrance.

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Blue Spruce

“The spiky Blue Spruce has fair needle retention if well watered and a piney scent.  This tree has either a blue tinge or blue-green tinge to its needles.  Originally found in the Rocky Mountains of the USA.  The prickly needles will protect your fragile decorations from pets”

In the end though, we didn’t even pay attention on what kind of tree it was.  We just roamed around the tree farm until we found the “perfect” tree without even knowing whether it was a Norman Fir, a Fraser Fir or a Blue Spruce.

We later found our tree deep within the pine tree woods.  It was a pity some of these trees grew so close together that their shape was compromised because of the lack of space.  That’s where we found out tree, thankfully not out of shape, otherwise we wouldn’t have chosen it.

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The “one”

We then put T’s name on it and called for the man with the chain saw to hack it off.  While our tree was getting ready for us to take home, T had some lovely hot chocolate.

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Then it was time to go home.

We ended up with a Blue Spruce without knowing it, as I’ve mentioned we choose our tree blindly, not really paying attention to the kind, more like if we like it, it’s ours! 😉

We got the tree on Saturday, it’s Wednesday now.  They say it has a blue(ish) tinge, but don’t really see it.  We all love the shape and the look of it.  What I can say though is that it’s the “thirstiest” pine tree we’ve ever had.  You have to water it full every single day.  Our other trees still had water in it the next day, this one – let’s just, it’s a bit high maintenance more than the others.  But we still love it!

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The “before” photo.

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Et violà!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree, thy leaves are so unchanging …

What about you?

Do you have a favourite kind of Christmas tree?

Or do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one?

Do share.

How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

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1.  Find a Christmas Tree farm near you and make sure you wear the proper outfit:  Warm coat, hat, scarf and wellie boots.

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One of our favourite traditions is going to a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree.  The nearest farm to us is actually in Devon.  We’ve been coming to this Christmas tree farm for the past four years now.  We love it here.

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2.  Don’t choose the first tree you think you want, but go around and look at other trees as well before making your final decision.

We chose about three trees before, deciding on the final one.

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One of the trees we considered getting …

3.  Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and go as far as you can.

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As for us, we went further away, mindless of the mud and the cold. It’s lovely to be lost among these trees, there’s something magical about Christmas tree farms.  It almost feels like it can go on and on and on.

 4.  Decide amongst yourselves, or even take a vote on which tree is the best for your family.  As for us, you can guess whose vote weighed the most.

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5.  Stake your claim on your tree and “mark it”.  Usually, they’ll give you a tag with your name on it.

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6.  Take it home and make sure you have the appropriate tree stand.  One that has can hold water in it.  Put your tree in your stand and once it’s standing, make sure you put enough water in it before you start decorating.

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7.  Let the decorating commence.  Play some Christmas carols to add to the festive cheer and wear something fun like …. like an Elsa-costume.

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8.  Reward yourselves with a treat.  In Little T’s case, a candy cane.  Try not to give in to more demands for a treat.  One will do.  You wouldn’t want your little ones to get all hyper.

9.  Pose in front of the tree with the silliest grin you can muster.

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10.  Enjoy your tree as a family.

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 And there we sat watching Harry Potter, including Doc who seemed to enjoy the movie too, though I caught many times, him stealing glances at our Christmas tree.  I have a feeling he has something up his sleeve.

What’s your tree like?

Do you have an artificial one or a real one?

Learning for Life

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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