On the last day in November, we set out to find ourselves a Christmas tree. It’s one of my favourite family traditions. This year the Christmas tree farm had a wagon ride back to the tree lot which was a lot of fun. And the sweetest farm dog came along to keep us company.
Emma loved the ride and was so excited to pick out the perfect tree. We walked around the tree lot, having fun pointing out our favourites. Finally we settled on one of the first ones we had seen and decided it would be perfect.
Dan cut it down with the hand saw while Brendan watched. He loves being able to be close to Daddy when he’s working on something.
We counted the rings in the stump to figure out how old the tree was then got a ride on the wagon back to our van. Dan tied the tree on the roof, while we enjoyed some warm apple cider (which was so perfect after tramping through the woods and snow to get a tree). Then we brought it home to be decorated.
After getting the lights working and on the tree, which proved to take a little longer then usual thanks to some loose connections, we pulled out our tree ornaments. Emma and Brendan had so much fun finding the ornaments and hanging them wherever they could reach. Dan and I filled out some of the bare spots after the kids went down for their nap and added some jute ribbon.
We made the book page garland later on that evening. I cut out the basic flag shape I wanted then used our paper cutter to cut a bunch of them in batches. Then we punched a hole in each corner and strung them on some twine.
I love how it turned out and how it adds a little more fun to our tree.
I wrapped our first batch of presents last week with some simple white paper and ribbon. The tags for the kids presents I got from Jones Design Company and the other hand drawn tags were from Decorator’s Notebook.
Don’t the lights look so pretty in the evening? I love how much they brighten up the place, especially as the evenings get dark so early now. It’s amazing what a few strings of lights can do.