The day after Thanksgiving means one thing in our family... going to Fulton Farms to cut down the Christmas tree.
I think what I look forward to and love the most about this day is that I know how it will be. We will bundle up (even though some years it's been warm enough to not even have a coat), have lunch on the way, listen to Christmas music on the radio and see who can guess the singer first, and once we pull into Fulton Farms, the adventure for the perfect tree begins.
Every year the children take turns picking the tree and this year it was Sam's turn. I knew that we wouldn't leave that farm without making sure that we had scoped out the entire farm to find the tree he was looking for. I honestly think that we covered more ground this year than ever before.
The last section we went to was where Sam found the tree. Big and tall - just like he was looking for.
Jessica was working so she wasn't able to go with us. I missed having her there because she always has a way of making it an eventful time. I know she didn't miss walking all over the farm though.
Each year, the children receive Christmas ornaments from us and my parents. This is a tradition that began when my sister and I were little and one that I love carrying on with my children. The ornaments are usually something that signifies something special about that year or one that represents something they love. The timing couldn't have been better because when we arrived home, the package with this year's ornaments had come.
Sam with his General Chamberlain, his favorite Civil War hero...
Jessica's ornament definitely represents something she loves... cupcakes. A girl after my own heart I tell ya!
Ben (and his hat hair), along with a Navy sailor since Ben has aspirations to be a Navy Seal one day.
My parents have even continued giving my husband and I an ornament each year. The one we received this year is definitely one of my favorites. I'm telling you Mom, you need to go into business (hint, hint!).
Now it's time for to turn on the Christmas music, sip hot chocolate and sit by the lights of the tree. I love this time of year.