As has been our tradition for the last several years, we took a drive out in the country to find and cut down a Christmas tree. The tree farm that we’ve gone to for the last 12 years does not have any trees left, so I had to search the internet for a new farm to go to. Live Christmas trees can be pretty expensive, and we were spoiled by having only paid $25 (regardless of height) for our tree in the past. Luckily, I found another tree farm that was offering any size tree for $30, and they had frasier firs – my favorite tree!
The funny thing is, they never look that big standing out in the field . . . we found the perfect tree, and Nicolas got right to work cutting it down!
Tom got into the act, too, to make sure we had a nice straight cut!
Once we had it cut down, one of the guys from the farm loaded it onto the wagon, trimmed the bottom of the trunk, and drove us back to our truck. They loaded it up for us, and we were off -- barely an hour for the entire process!
Back at home, Nicolas was anxious to get the tree into the house and set up! We moved the living room furniture out of the way, and brought the tree in. On the first try, the trunk didn’t get centered properly in the stand . . . so it had to come back down! We figured we might as well shorten it up a little bit, while we had it back on the floor, giving it a little more clearance to the ceiling.
Attempt #2 went a little smoother . . . the 6 inches we took off the trunk actually seemed to make it lighter! We got it set up, straight and centered in the stand . . . all ready to start the decorating!
Nicolas and Bryce will take care of that this week!