For the past 5 years we have been going to this local tree farm owned by a family that my husband knows. This year, we tried a different tree farm. I had promised the owner that I would go visit this year, so we did. This place was a lot bigger, a lot busier, and way more expensive than the other place. We were used to getting whatever size tree for a flat $45, and as we looked through the ones they had, we were seeing price tags of $150 for a 6 foot tree.
We were already there, and the kids were so excited, so my husband and I just said, Eff it… let’s grab a wagon, and a saw and find our tree… The whole time, I was trying to capture video clips so I could create a little movie about our tree cutting adventures. Then switching back to my Nikon to get some shots of the kids as they searched through hundreds of trees. Once we found the one, I wanted to get the family together and possibly get the shot that would go on our Christmas cards this year.
I imagined this perfect shot of the four of us and our tree, but it just turned out to be a stressful, frustrating time with me and my husband telling the kids to stand still, and to stop poking at each other. My daughter kept making ugly faces at the camera and at her brother. My son kept antagonizing his little sister because apparently he likes the sound of her whining… I finally decided to just take some candid shots.
After about an hour or so, we finally found our tree. We watched as Eric cut it, and load it onto the wagon. We were exhausted and couldn’t wait to go home. We headed back to pay, and as my husband waited in line, I decided to buy the kids some hot chocolate. The owner even came over and told me to pick out any wreath I wanted- free of charge. His wife made them all by hand, and they were all so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up.
Even though I didn’t get my “Christmas card” photo I was hoping for, we enjoyed our time together picking out and cutting our tree. This is an annual tradition that we will continue to do for as long as we can. Plus, cutting fresh Christmas trees is actually good for the environment.