Monday, December 5, 2011

Trip to the Tree Farm

Hubby and I accompanied my youngest daughter and her family to a local Christmas Tree farm last weekend.  We have an artificial tree that we have used for 30 years, but my daughter always comes to this family owned farm in Oregon to cut down a tree of their choice. It's their family tradition!  This particular farm is on the hillside, not like some you may have seen that  have row upon row of trees on flat land.  The hiking over the hills makes it a fun experience that reminds me of stories of old. 

My daughter's little family and their final choice!

Little Owen was curious about the saw and a previously cut tree trunk!

His dad began cutting the tree at it's base:

While his mom held it secure.

After a ride on the tractor back to the barn, paying for the tree, and enjoying some hot cider, we all went outside again for the pony ride.  Owen was too shy to ride, but his older brother, Paddy had fun!

We all finished our day around the fire pit, the boys enjoying their grandpa and tossing dry leaves into the fire.  They seemed to just make the fire smoke more, but it sure was fun!

Have you a Christmas Tree tradition?


Sweet Posy Dreams said...

We have been cutting our trees at tree farms since my 19-year-old was 21 months old. It's the best! After so many years, I can't imagine doing it any other way. Our favorite farm closed two years ago. We really miss their hot apple cider donuts after a cold trek around the fields! But our new place is also nice. They even have a live camel!

Enjoyed seeing your photos!

Erika said...

What a great tradition for your daughter's family. I now use an artificial tree and probably will continue doing this since the local tree farms basically dried up with our drought.

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memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a fun family tradition! I wish I could have done this as a kid :)

keepingitindie said...

How fun - I remember that from when I was a kid!

Hello and welcome... said...

What a sweet grandma you are to go along to document the day for your daughter and her family! We drag our potted tree inside every year. Every few years, we set the tree free...plant him back into the local forest edge...and get a new one! Just so he doesn't become pot-bound, you know? Happy Monday from Vancouver, Canada!

Kathleen said...

What fun! Our tradition was more about decorating the tree. Dad put on the lights whild Mom supervised, then we all decorated while we sang Christmas carols. Then Dad put the ornament on the top of the tree at the very last. It was one that belonged to his mother. What fun we always had!

Rose said...

Looks like a fun day! I have never cut down a tree, but we always got a real tree growing up. I'm so glad that Jake and I are able to start doing that now.

Splendid Little Stars said...

That's a wonderful tradition! How great that you got to be part of it! It used to be our family tradition to cut down a Christmas tree. But my kids are grown and we have an artificial tree now.

storybeader said...

that looks like so much fun! I haven't seen where people cut down their own trees. At our museum, that's what the school Christmas program is all about: cutting down a tree and decorating it! {:-D

Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds like a great day!! How fun. As of right now, I'm in that weird stage with no kids where I'm just not into putting the effort in. But I'm with you- when we have them we'll do artificial!