On the first day of December we had decided to go out and cut down our main floor Christmas tree after Penelope's academy was completed. We woke up to some gross weather but it cleared quite nicely before we headed out. It turned out to be a gorgeous afternoon to be outside looking for a tree. And it turns out a lot of people had the same idea as us. We actually had to turn around and go back home because Greg forgot the saw needed to cut down the tree. Finley tried to convince Greg that we should do what Clark did in Christmas Vacation but he was not agreeing to that haha.
Penelope pretending to be cutting down every tree we came across.
We saw a few potential trees but we kept on looking for that perfect tree. There were a lot of huge trees and half trees but not what we wanted. We did discuss cutting down two trees and putting both in our tree stand to make the perfect tree.
But then I spotted this beauty from afar and we made the long trek to check her out up close. Greg thought I meant the one to the right of it and he was like it's 200 feet tall but then he saw the one I was referring to.
Up close, it was perfect and we all agreed that this was the annual florizone christmas tree.
Greg started the saw but Finley really wanted to be the one to make it fall over and yell timber. With Greg's help she was able to do that!! Last year we all took turns cutting the tree but we left it to these 2 this year.
The tree wasn't too heavy and Greg was able to carry back to his car. He got the tree all strapped down before we realized that he made it so he couldn't open his car door and he had to climb through the passenger door. I have climbed through my passenger door many times thanks to bonehead drivers parking too close to me but I am much smaller so it wasn't as easy for him to get in and it took him a few tries haha.
Greg had to cut a little off of the top to get the tree to fit in the house and then a bit more to get the star to fit but other than that, it was perfect. I sure did a good job haha.
While Greg got the tree ready for decorating and the girls brought the ornaments up, I enjoyed a delicious cup of hot tea in the most approproate mug I own for this occasion (thanks winners!)
Penelope probably decorated 85% of the tree this year and she loved every second of it.
Finley did about 6% of the decorating while Greg did about 9%. He was trying to use the larger ornaments to fill in the few empty spots towards the bottom of the tree.
The final product early the next morning, I love waking up early before anyone else and sitting on the couch while drinking my tea and just taking in the peace and the glow of the christmas lights. It really is quite magical.
We ended up having to move our tree over to the opposite corner because my mom has moved in with us and her couch wouldn't get down the stairs into our basement so we had to move ours down there for her and kept hers upstairs. Hers is much larger than mine and we had to reaarange our living room 5x before we got it figured out. At least until Christmas comes down and I can see what we are working with haha.
This is by far the best tree that we have picked out in the three years we have done it and I am not just saying that because I picked it out haha. We had people over on the weekend and they all complimented our tree and Greg has even admired it too hahaha. This is a tradition we have all come to look forward to and we might even continue doing it even when we do go back to SK for the holidays.
If you have never cut down your own tree, i highly recommend it. It is so easy and all it costs is the $5 for the permit that you can download on your computer. It tells you the permit area you can cut down the tree and you are allowed to cut down up to 3 trees per permit. You and your family will have so much doing it!