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our tree adventure

December 8, 2009

Every year, I drag Jason to the U-Cut-Em Christmas tree farm.  Every year, Jason pretends to like cutting down our own Christmas tree.

And this year was no different.

We were thrilled to find a farm only 2 miles from us – in the city, we’d make an hour-each-way trip just to cut down a tree.

It was a small farm, with only two fields of trees to choose from – the designer $75/tree field, or the cheapo $35/tree field.  You bet we headed for the $35 field, and almost immediately, we found the perfect tree!

So Jason started cutting it down.

And then the farmer came running out to the field yelling.  Because, as it turns out, the $35 field had a few prize $75 trees in it, and Jason had almost finished cutting one down.  Oops.

So we searched again.  And this time found a good-looking cheap tree.  Success!

The farmer commented on a what a big tree it was!  And I thought it was a little big, too.  But Jason?  He thought it was juuussstttt riiiigggghhhhhttttt.

So the farmer dragged it back to our car with his tractor.

And the men loaded it on the roof of the car.  It was incredibly heavy, so I was happy to stand by and watch while sipping a cup of hot cocoa made by the farmer’s wife.

And then, we got it home, dragged it off of the roof of the car, cut 6″ off of the bottom, and put the tree stand on.  And then there was more dragging and pushing and a little bit of grunting (because the tree was twice the width of our front door), and finally, the tree was in the living room.

And then, we went to stand it up, and it was at least 2 feet too tall.  Like in the movie Elf, when Buddy goes to set up the Christmas tree and it’s entirely too tall.  (tell me you love that movie as much as I do!)  So we cut the top two feet off.  And then I threatened to sell it to charity, like Michael Scott did on the episode of The Office when their tree was too big and had to be chopped off.

We decked it out in a whole bunch of lights, and wrapped a ribbon around it.  And that’s when we discovered that we were both pretty allergic to the tree – the sharp needles poked at our skin, which quickly turned into large red itchy splotches.  We wore gloves to decorate the rest of the tree.

Despite the ridiculousness of cutting down the wrong tree, choosing a tree that was too big for our living room, and being allergic to the tree, it turned out nicely.  I was so happy that we got a bunch of complements on it at our sweater party on Saturday night!

Speaking of sweaters – check out my awesome neon green + sparkly santa sweater.  Nice, right?

Jason got away with a faux sweater t-shirt from Target.  We were quite the couple… (And I was incredibly happy that our guests played along, wearing crazy Christmas sweaters and jingle bells!)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 1:34 pm

    LOL! Love the geeky sweaters! Too cute! And you did find a great tree! Sure fits the room nice.

  2. December 8, 2009 2:16 pm

    You are so funny! And yes, I love Elf. We cut down our tree this past weekend and ended up with one that is way bigger than we thought. Funny how they look so small out in the field!

  3. December 8, 2009 2:36 pm

    you sweater rocks! lol Your tree looks great!! It’s huge

  4. December 8, 2009 4:11 pm

    That *is* a big tree! It turned out beautiful though.

    (As an aside, I too am allergic to live trees so for many reasons – that being one of them – we bought a faux tree this year. Not only am I allergic to it too, but the bugger stabbed me – repeatedly. So now I’m blotchy and scratchy.)

    And um, Elf? Amazing. “IT’S SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    • December 9, 2009 12:41 pm

      You’re allergic to your fake tree? That is so sad! 😦

  5. December 8, 2009 4:12 pm

    I LOVE fat trees!!! And I also like the geeky sweaters. Your tree looks beautiful. It’s been years since I’ve had a real tree — my grandparents owned a Christmas tree farm, and all their trees were $15… of course as family we got ours for free. But there was nothing better than a big fat tree! You post brought back wonderful memories of my grandparent’s farm, as I miss it.

  6. Debbie permalink
    December 8, 2009 4:36 pm

    The tree looks great as do the sweaters. We got our tree the other day and now somehow there is tree sap all over the windows of my car which does not want to come off.
    Do you want to come decorate the tree for me?

  7. December 8, 2009 10:21 pm

    That is a huge but FABULOUS tree. Cutting down our own Christmas tree was such a fun part of my childhood. I talked my husband into a fake tree two years ago, but I do miss the Christmas tree farm experience. Yours looks gorgeous.

  8. December 8, 2009 11:34 pm

    LOVE the tree. Shane really wanted to go cut our own down this year, but the closest tree farm was 3 hours away.Hopefully in a couple years we will get to cut down our own and make great Christmas memories for Brendan!

  9. Carol permalink
    December 9, 2009 12:33 am

    Jason’s sweater t-shirt is too funny…hope he wears it to the “Bosco’s” family Christmas on the 26th!

  10. Tami permalink
    December 9, 2009 10:02 am

    Jason, I love your “sweater”. I’m sure with your bright blue eyes it looks EVEN BETTER in person. You always have such a great fashion sense about you.

  11. December 9, 2009 10:46 am

    love your tree – and your sweater!!! 😉

  12. December 9, 2009 12:42 pm

    Thanks for the sweet tree/sweater comments, everyone!

    Mom – we’ll definitely have Jason wear it at Christmas. In fact, maybe you should get dad a faux sweater t-shirt since he won’t wear real sweaters…

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