Christmas Tree Hunt

by Chris on December 3, 2012

Well, I prayed. I prayed that with nearly 20 people coming over for Thanksgiving, I would NOT get sick. My prayers were answered. Sort of. I had the flu last week (not Thanksgiving, mind you), and it has thrown me for a loop. I’m behind on everything (that I was already behind on!), so I’m trying to get caught up.

Every year, we shop for our Christmas tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My best friend—Man of Honor in my wedding—came home this year from Florida to spend the holiday with us. He’s a bachelor with no kids, so I take it upon myself to smother him with our traditions when he comes to visit. Smile


It should be noted that my BF grew up in Michigan. He understands its capabilities when it comes to cold. I told him he should buy earmuffs. So…there.


The four of us were bundled quite well (albeit still chilly), but the Floridian was hurtin’. I heard him exclaim something excitedly at one point. I looked over, and he had found an extra pair of gloves in his coat. Alas, no earmuffs.

extra gloves

We semi-quickly found our tree and made him take pictures of us.


“How ‘bout one of just the two of us?” “And how about another one from this angle?” I think I was trying his frigid patience.

Christmas tree

When we finally cut it down, he was very happy to get out of there. He covered his ears, my boys carried the tree, and my little one swung around the hack saw so I could take pictures. Very normal.

Christmas tree farm

As we were riding back on the Santa-driven trailer, he was holding his ears and said, “Damn you and your Christmas traditions!” It was the line of the day.


Don’t let him fool you. He loved it, and my kids loved that he got to be with us on one of our favorite days! Traditions—gotta love ‘em!



Bossy Betty December 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

Looks like a great tradiation! Glad you are feeling better! (Yes, it does look like he had a lot of fun!)

Mags December 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love your Christmas tradition! We don’t have a real tree – which is kind of ironic because I work for the Department of Forestry! Its a sort of protest because they stopped giving them free to staff but kind of thinking I’m cutting off my nose to spite my face a little bit!?!

BTW your friend is way too cute to be a bachelor – you can tell him I said that, hope his cute little face doesn’t blush too much…

ASuburbanLife December 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

We have the same Sunday after Thanksgiving tradition, which I wrote about a couple of years ago! ( Your BF may have been cold, but he looks happy and you got great family pictures out of the deal!

Morgan December 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Long-time reader, first-time commenter. I had to say that I can imagine his pain! I live in the south too and I get chilly when the weather drops to the 60s! Sad…

Nicole December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

He looks like he’s a good sport in spite of the cold! Even if you’re from Michigan, guess you get a false sense of security living in sunny Florida!

Helen Valenzuela (aka ValenzMom) December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Looks like you got a great tree, too. Glad you’re feeling better. You know your BF had fun – it’s just not Christmas if it’s not cold!

Barbara Grooms December 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

So glad you weren’t sick Thanksgiving. Too bad you had to get sick at all! We haven’t gotten it, and are crossing our fingers I don’t get anything around Christmas. Lovely tree, lovely family. I sure missed being there with everyone. David did look like he enjoyed himself, inspite of his comment. Love you… Mom

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries December 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Why is it so much fun to watch someone be tortured like that? I’ll bet you were laughing your heads off. Sort of like my roommates were the first time this California girl saw snow up in Idaho and I freaked out about it. So glad you got to spend some fun time with your friend – FUN!

Runt December 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

Yay for Christmas trees! I love Christmas time. We normally get out tree the day after Thanksgiving and then decorate it that Saturday. This year thought we waited a little while (probably a week) to get our tree because my Hubs had hand surgery and I definitely couldn’t carry the tree by myself! I love having a live tree! We made a vow that we would never get a fake tree! A live tree will be our tradition! =] Your FL friend reminds me of when I moved from Hawaii to Virginia, in the dead of Winter – never before experiencing such cold!

Layla December 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Well how fun was THAT!? :-D
Loved “going along” with y’all on that trip!

My ears get cold here in Alabama, so I can only imagine how cold your BFF’s ears were out there! Brrrr!

Toya December 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

Even though it was super cold you all looked you had fun.

LisaS December 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

Were you at Urquhart’s getting your tree?

Chris December 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Hmmm…Do you mean Hart’s tree farm? I sure was!

LisaS December 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

No, Urquhart’s. I guess one tree farm looks just like any other. I showed my son your pictures and he could have sworn it was the tree farm we go to. Oh well.

Chris December 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Ha! Yes, I guess the visual is the same, eh? :)

Alex Dumpfree December 15, 2012 at 2:53 am

How fun it was! Christmas tree hunt is not an ordinary work..It will happen only once a year love to try it but sad we don’t have that kind of trees here.

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