Which Christmas tree team did you join? Are you team real tree or artificial tree? Are you like me and sit on the fence, the neutral zone, and decorate with a little of the real and the artificial trees? Over the years we have flip-flopped on the tree debate, but in the last decade, we have committed to a real tree(s). We don’t chop down our trees, like the families on the front of the REI or the LL Bean catalogs. Our family prefers driving outside the city limits to a family-owned tree farm in Sedalia and pick out recently cut trees. I wish I could bottle the smells of fresh-cut pine trees. And, after strapping a tree (s) to the top of our car we head to get a big breakfast. It’s a favorite tradition in the days after Thanksgiving!
Colorado Christmas Tree
And the weekend of Thanksgiving we make the trek (drive) to the Christmas tree farm. Is there anything better than the sweet scent of fresh cut trees? I love it so much I always buy a few bundles of boughs to add to
just about every room in the house.
The trees are hauled in on a pickup truck and flatbed. The cut trees lean next to and inside the family barn. Barn might be a stretch; I think it’s a detached garage with a concrete floor. Let’s just say it’s the closest thing to a barn I have experienced in Colorado.
I snapped a photo of this red Ford pickup truck. This photo might explain my obsession with the trendy red pick up truck images on my pillows and dish towels.
We usually stop for a greasy breakfast, with our tree on the top of the car. It’s a family tradition that includes Christmas music, cramped seating (we usually have two trees and boughs of holly). And, together we haul the trees into the house and configure the tree in a corner with the least amount of sunshine during the day. In Colorado, it’s not uncommon to have temps in the mid to high sixties.
So we need a tree to have a space to chill, and just let the tree and her branches settle into the living room.
And, with the lights on and the sunset over the mountains, it’s a nice time of year to settle in the front of the Christmas tree to take a moment to relax (or stretch).
Had a little fun with this photo! Enjoy the season! Are you Team Real Tree or Team Artificial Tree? #nojudgement