Thanksgiving Recap and ‘Tis the Season

Christmas trees

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First of all, I’d like to wish a late Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I hope you had a lovely, relaxing day filled with good food and family.  My family celebrated with my mom’s sister and her family and my grandparents.  For the past few years, we have had a combined Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration, so there were gifts involved as well as our Thanksgiving meal.  It was nice to get together with everyone and we had a good time.

But now, onto the fun stuff!  For me, the Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year!  And now, since Thanksgiving has passed, it is the Christmas season!!  And with that, I have a little story to share.

Every single year, since I was born, my family bundles up to go get our Christmas tree.  Having a live tree is a big deal to us, since my grandpa has owned and operated a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm since before I was born.  Each year, we head up the hill to the farm.  My grandpa used to sit up there, but now, although he still plants and cares for the trees, only the people that know about the farm go up, so he no longer hangs out up there all day.  We are usually among the first to pick out our tree.  We sometimes pick out our tree and cut it down in the same day, and other times we simply pick it out and put a tag on it to claim it, then come back another time to cut it down.

A couple of years ago, we actually went after dark and picked a tree out using the lights from my dad’s truck.  Luckily, it still looked good once we got it inside.  This year, we just barely beat the dark.  It was dark by the time we arrived home, but there was still enough light out when we picked the tree.

We decorated our tree tonight.  Getting and decorating our tree is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, ones that I definitely hope to continue when I someday have a family of my own.  We had a lot of fun this year, as we decided to go through ALL of our ornaments and get rid of the ones that had seen far better days or that we didn’t really like.  Some were a bit funny to look at now, especially some of the ones my siblings and I made as little kids.  We also decorated some of the house.

I am so excited that the Christmas season is here!  You will probably hear a lot more about it in the weeks to come.