Last weekend we ventured up to the hills to seek out our Christmas tree. Hmm, that might be conjuring up visions of us traipsing through the woods, up to our knees in snow, searching for the perfect Noble Fir. That was last year, which if you were reading this blog then you will remember ended with us giving up and choosing a tree farm just outside of Sandy. Well, to save time and energy, we just went straight to that same tree farm and cut down a tree.
Enzo had fallen asleep right before we got there, so he and I waited at the car.
The girls did just fine picking out the tree, and Mark worked his magic with the saw, and the next thing I knew they were back at the car.
By that time Enzo had woken up, so we stood outside while Mark tied the tree to the roof racks.
Once we got back home, I made a big pot of vegetable bean soup. It was going to be chili, but without meat (Veda is vegetarian) but I just started adding vegetables and soon it didn’t look like chili at all. So I renamed it. It was super tasty and everyone loved it. We got out all the Christmas decorations and the girls started setting up the tree. Mark kept Enzo busy reading a book, while I made some cream puffs for dessert!
Oh, and Claire made her and Veda gigantic mugs of hot chocolate…
I have never really been fussy about how the tree looks. You know how sometimes you’ll go to peoples houses and their tree looks straight out of a Macy’s Christmas ad? Everything in it’s place, one central color theme, nothing homemade. Well, our tree is pretty much the exact opposite of all those things, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The ornaments are all ones that we have either made ourselves, or collected over the years (even before we were together). Veda finger-knitted the garland last year. And there’s about five of the lights that have decided to blink this year (??). Maybe they did it last year too, but I don’t remember it. Enzo wasn’t really interested in the decoration process but the girls included him anyway.
And Veda made the tree-topper this year, her teacher at school taught her how to do it and they are really beautiful!
What about you? Is your tree up yet?