oh how i love the holiday season! i have lots more november posts i want to work on but for now i can't resist jumping straight into the christmas merrymaking!
on a bright afternoon last week just before the rainstorms came, we headed out to find this year's christmas tree.
we went back to the organic farm from last year, when this little toot was about as big as a blueberry inside me.
to our dismay there was a sign up that read "closed for the 2012 season"and a for sale sign for the property (anyone? christmas tree farm and massive organic vegetable garden? 3 parcels of 3 acres each? sound good?)
luckily, darin knows the owner nancy, who just happened to be walking by. he jumped out to say hello and she let us go pick out a tree. he asked how much and she said, "Aw, have a tree! Merry Christmas!" hooray for a free organic tree!
lucy sported a little santa hat that addie and i wore when we were babies. pretty cute, eh?
facing a forest of lovely evergreen trees that have gone just a little bit ragamuffin, knowing you get to choose one and take it home to lovingly decorate and live with for a while, is such a treat. it's a little bit sad too and ideally we'd have a potted live tree, but cutting our own down is such an endearing tradition!
there were many beauties so it didn't take long.
we love our full shaggy guy.
and us girls:
oh how she loves to pretend she drinks coffee. she likes to be one of the gang.
the boys took turns carrying the tree back through the forest.
santa's acres is now defunct, kinda sad and charming in its own way. we dreamed of sprucing it up and making it cozy again, buying the land and running the place, serving up hot cocoa and candycanes while the boys cut down and carried trees for cityfolk. oh man, i am a daydreamer extraordinaire.
i love getting a christmas tree because it is a little spot of bright wild nature brought inside the house to remind us of fecundity and the earth's bounty in the heart of winter. i love the smell of pine and the way the needles fall and having to give it water and the way my cats bat at the bottom boughs. and watching my baby discover all this makes it even better.
happy december to you all! i'll show you the ornamented version in another post.