We started out our Christmas Countdown with a trip to Geer's Tree Farm in Griswold, CT to find the perfect tree for our living room. This tree farm is huge, with rolling hills covered in beautiful trees. First, we hopped on a wagon ride that took us to the top of one of the hills where the trees of our choice, Fraser Fir, where located.
|Getting ready to ride up the hill|
I was a little nervous at this point because it was chilly riding on the wagon. I was worried that the kids would get too cold before we found a tree!
|Jared and the kids, pre-snowball fight!|
I shouldn't have worried, for two reasons: first, the kids had so much fun running around looking at trees (and throwing snowballs at their dad while he cut one down), that they totally forgot about being cold. And second, it took all of five minutes to find a beautiful tree. Honestly, all of the trees were just gorgeous. We would have been happy with the very first one we saw, although we did feel like we needed to hunt a little, just to enjoy the experience!
|standing in front of the tree we chose|
Here is a picture of our newly completed advent calender, made by my talented friend Brandy Lewis.
Nathan is already very excited and understands that the bird has to land in each of the pockets, one per day, until we get to Christmas at the bottom. In fact, when Jared said "Merry Christmas!" to him earlier tonight, Nathan replied, "No, it's not Christmas yet! We're only on the 1, we have to get all the way to the 25!" pointing at the calender.
Check back tomorrow to find out what we do on Day 2!
Do you prefer real Christmas trees or artificial?
If real, do you like to go cut your own tree down?