Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Family Traditions Frame the Holidays

It was that time again...time to gather as a family and make our annual trek to the tree farm to get our Christmas tree. We discovered this place years ago when no one else knew about it, and every year it just gets more and more crowded. But that's ok!! There is something wonderful about seeing families spending time together and investing in a tradition that will enrich the lives of everyone involved for years to come. Our whole gang looks forward to this one day where we venture out together in search of ...the perfect tree.

Of course, my morning started out with this...


And Momma didn't get up at 7:00 to make a big breakfast...today it would be CAR FOOD!! One of the special little things my parents used to do for my kids when they came for a visit, was to bring a box of these Entenmann's donuts for the girls. So we brought the memory of their love into the day by having some to enjoy! The rest is stuff I don't ever buy, so they loved it!! (the big girls, too)

We hit the road...and the morning was perfect! Clear blue skies and a chilly 49 degrees out. We have had a few years of getting our tree in 75-85 degree weather...this was a nice change!!

We're He-re!! You step out of your car, and take a deep breath...you just know the air is so clean!!

The owner is former military as well, so of course he participates in the Trees for Troops! I think that is so cool!!

This is what you see when you first arrive...

Everything is so charming and so family oriented. Just delightful!

This is the wood that is used for...

this bonfire!! You can melt smores and marshmallows, cook a hot dog, or just enjoy the warmth of this fire that doesn't go out. It is encircled by benches, and it is fun to interact with other family's fireside. You can see part of the back section of the awesome 45 acres of trees. Back there are cedar and other specialty trees. The bulk of the trees are Florida Sand Pines.

You can see there are trees of every size

Well, that's just the beginning of our time at the farm...I'll continue with more each day and finish with our decorated tree!!

Have a joy-filled day!


  1. Sounds like a fun place to go with the family. Looking forward to seeing more as you go along!

  2. Looking forward to seeing the tree all decorated! Have a great day!


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