Oh, Christmas Tree.

Every Christmas, as a little girl, my family had a tradition.

We would all go out together and choose our family Christmas tree at the local Christmas Tree farm. Heading out to theΒ  farm with my younger brother, older sister, mom and dad was always one of the best holiday memories I can remember …. so now, as a mom … as the memory-maker of our family ….

I must follow in my parents’ footsteps. It’s part of my Canadian upbringing. I cannot deny it …

So every year ….

We dig out the warm snow pants.

We stuble through the cluttered basement to find the snow boots. (And believe you me, our basement is cluttered.)

We juggle sixteen pairs of mittens (you know, in case they get soggy) and fourteen pairs of woolly socks.

We dust off the old, rusty saw hidden at the back of the garage.

We pull out the rope and throw in in the trunk.

We grab a toasty-warm hot chocolate and strap the marshmallow-puffy-snowsuit-clad children into their car seats.

And with a twinkle of dread joy in our eyes, we drive off down the highway ….

The annual hunt for our Family Christmas Tree.

No, not at Canadian Tire, Home Depot or Ikea.

We’re talking lets-go-a-huntin’-Christmas-tree-farm-back-in-the-woods kinda trip.

And with four kids 6 and under, let me tell you, it’s a TREAT.

Just look how thrilled the kids are ….. ohhhh, the joy that is ooooozing out of them …..

Wait, let’s try that again.

Take two.

Okay, we got one more smile …. bonus.

Yes, pure joy as the girls cry out “I can’t walk, momma!!” and the littlest L falls to the ground and nearly rolls down the muddy hill which leads to rows and rows of lush Christmas tree.

Happy hearts and joyful smiles abound as we ride the bumpy tractor ride into the field (they tricked us – no horses this year. Apparently, those eager for Christmas trees in November should wait till December to see a horse-drawn-wagon).

And off we go…. walking through the fields and fields of 4 ft, 5 ft, 6 ft. green Christmas trees … wondering, looking, trying to find just that PERFECT tree for our home.

Annnnnd …. many cold feet and joyful carols sung later …. success!!!!!

We found The Tree for our family!

[This is a moment when I am sincerely happy to be the mom and not the dad of this family.]

And off we trudge, back to the Giant Vehicle to strap down the beautiful tree for the ride home.

Of course, we have to warm up the by the fire and drink some more hot chocolate before leaving.

All in all, a beautiful perfectly joyful Christmas tree outing for yet another year…..Β  speaking of which … the splendid tree is now sitting in our living room, waiting to be decorated … we’ll get to it …. and I’m sure there will be lots of fun memories to make during that process. Oh, how I LOVE Christmas.

What tradition do you have for the holiday season?

Tomorrow: winner of the Decal Dude giveaway to be posted!

December 2, 2010 - 10:35 am

Tabitha Love it! Abby looks like he is the happiest man in the world!! (who wouldn’t be, surrounded by 5 beauiful ladies!!)

December 2, 2010 - 7:49 am

Maredyth Dray Ah the family bonding session of picking out the tree! Such high hopes we have as moms to make memories for our children. Only to be met with…pick me up, I’m cold, can we be done now? As Daddy trudges through the snow to pick the most obnoxiously huge tree he can find! Don’t worry Gillian, it gets better, I had a good year last year with my 3. No complaining and fun was had by all, including the dog! lol Going next weekend to do it all again.

December 1, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Stephanie This is sooo good Gillian! Love the way your wrote it! Made me laugh! The girls are SOOO cute! So much character! You & Abby are blessed! Hope you guys have fun decorating the tree! Make sure you post pictures of that too! <3 xoxo

December 1, 2010 - 9:42 am

Tara C Good for you guys for taking all 4 girls out to get a Christmas tree! Making great memories for your girls πŸ™‚ My fave holiday tradition is just getting to see a good chunk of our family that we don’t get to see most of the rest of the year.

December 1, 2010 - 9:33 am

Annie Ahhh Gillian, what fantastic memories you’re making for your girls, even if it’s not all roses πŸ™‚ The biggest part for me I think is all the holiday baking I took part in as a child and how I bake with my children now too… and realize how much harder it was for my mom to let us FOUR kids HELP vs doing it herself!! And our christmas tree was always from our farm… we’d set out one november day before the snow to tag the beautiful trees and go back closer to christmas to cut one of them down (if we remembered where the tags were) or when we got older just sent my dad with detailed instructions of WHERE the tagged tree were… and how a few christmases we’d have to send him back because he wouldn’t have bothered looking for ours and got twig trees intead!! This year, for the first time I’m taking my kids to my parents farm to get our tree and I can’t wait (though my husband is very much a ‘perfect tree from a christmas tree farm picked up at a local store’ kind of guy so he’s having a slight issue with the potential of a very non-perfect tree… but it’s all about the experience, right? πŸ™‚ )

November 30, 2010 - 2:11 pm

Sherry Alas, we do not leave the house to go Christmas tree hunting…..we do that in the basement! Our tree has been up for a couple of weeks now. Nick & Avery like to put on their special ornaments….but they like to make ornaments more. Baking is our most favourite thing to do….especially my grandma’s shortbread cookies with icing! Christmas is NOT about presents in this house…it’s about giving …. our time, our talent, our hearts … and about sharing with all those around us, and enjoying all the wonderful memories made at this most special time of the year! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

November 30, 2010 - 11:57 am

Shannon Littrell and this post makes ME jealous of YOUR geographic location.
Snow pants???? Who knew?

November 30, 2010 - 11:37 am

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) Love the story and the pictures! Too bad there wasn’t more snow. We have to tickle Lucia more πŸ™‚ xoxo

November 30, 2010 - 11:27 am

Sherri Quite the memory maker! I’m sure they will mostly remember the fun parts of finding the tree, hot chocolate, and firepit warmth. As adults you may not be as lucky, but it makes great photo ops. Merry Christmas to you and yours. <3

November 30, 2010 - 11:16 am

Grandma Gerr An awesome fun freezing time for you all! What fun for them all! xx <3 xx

November 30, 2010 - 11:09 am

Brittany Christmas tree hunting is something me and my dad always do! It is one of my favourite things about Christmas πŸ™‚