While we have long put up a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree for ease, justifying our choice each year by the fact that we have very small rooms that require rearranging for anything but a modest tree, this year I have a longing to return to a long gone tradition of cutting our own tree.
Sure, we explain away our reasons for the artificial tree — it doesn’t drop needles (that you find long after Christmas is over), it’s easier to take down and put away, we know it will fit in our home (funny how small real trees look out in the field), and because my hubs is a bit of an Ebenezer when it comes to all the holiday hoopla (sigh). So we settle for less stress.
Since joining our CSA this past summer, I have found so many wonderful benefits of membership, including an area where we can go and cut a tree. There is nothing as appealing as walking through deep snow in freezing temps to find the perfect tree! But seriously, there is a bit of magic in doing this as a family. Probably more fun than the act is getting it home, putting on a pot of homemade hot cocoa, snuggling into a cozy sweater and slippers, and trimming the tree.
I’m sure we’ll forego this tradition again this year, but if you love the smell and tradition of a real tree, check out your area for the perfect spot to make a memory!
What do you put up — the real deal or the simplicity of artificial?