To say that my hubby loves National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation would be an understatement. This is is favorite movie. He can’t wait to pull it out every year and to put up light Griswold-style. He also loves the idea of cutting down our own tree. Last year was our first time and we now plan it as a tradition. Heading out on the highway I fear we may meet a transport truck like in the movie but so far it’s been pretty tame 🙂
We head out to the Junior Forest Wardens tree lot mid-December with our saw in hand. This place is great! For $5 you can cut up to 3 trees per family. We only get one. The kids usually pick the first tree they see but you can wander through the forest and smell the fresh mountain air while doing so. The trees available for cutting are the Alberta Lodgepole Pines. I recently found out it was the Provincial tree which makes it an even more special tree. It also apparently was used to build most of our railway tracks. So the kids can get a little knowledge while getting a tree!
Our tree now has a home in our front window and even though the branches are a little sparse and it leans a little to the left it still warms my heart. The kids have placed decorations on it and it looks happy to have a home. I love that it is so fresh so 1 week into having it not one needle has fallen yet. I we especially love the pine cones clustered on the branches – I can just imagine the squirrel jumping out!
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and (almost) 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs at Four Days Home.