|Over the mountains and into the valley!|
|The kids are having fun.|
Once we left town the roads got less crowded with the last six miles going up and across the mountains and down into the valley. We began to see cars going the other direction with trees strapped to the roof or even tucked inside, crowding out the people.
|Rows and rows of trees.|
|Not an easy task.|
|Our perfect tree.|
My husband found the perfect tree right off the bat. I put a marker on it so we could find it again and headed out to look at the others. I wasn't going to take the first tree we saw now, was I? The hillsides are steep and that day muddy. Walking was a bit of a struggle. We found a couple of others we liked but after hiking back to the original tree, we decided our first choice was the best.
Our friends were new to this and took a little longer to choose theirs. Someone from the farm cuts the tree for you and even helps get it to the car on their ATVs. Being experienced at this, we hauled our own. A six foot Frazer Fir is not light weight! The farm hands bale the tree if you want - makes it easier to get in the car. We have a pick up truck so that was not an issue for us. Our friends decided they had room in the SUV for the tree rather than tie it to the top.
|Putting it in the baler|
We paid for our trees and enjoyed some popcorn and hot cocoa before heading off home to set up and decorate our Frazer Firs. We explained to our friends the details of fresh cut trees - how to cut a bit more off the base before putting it in the stand and filling the stand with warm water for the first day. After that they must keep the well full of fresh water to ensure a long lived tree. These trees keep their needles forever... I have had Frazer Firs up and decorated through March, changing the decorations for each holiday - Valentines Day and then St. Pats. My husband would not let me leave it up for Easter!
Do you have any Christmas tree traditions in your family?