Nolan and I started a tradition of tree hunting the day after Thanksgiving our first Christmas together four years ago. We go to Volstead’s Tree Farm in Albany, Oregon, where they have three huge lots full of beautiful trees. A tractor pulled wagon takes you to the lot most suitable to you (they ask what kind and size you’re looking for). It was so fun to add Jace to our picture this year!
Nolan’s parents joined us for the fun as well as to help Nolan cut down and haul the tree. I had a sleepy boy on my back.
A perk to living in the Northwest and enduring 9 months of rain each year? BEAUTIFUL Christmas trees!
Nolan wised up a few years ago and realized that wearing his rain gear makes for a much better tree cutting experience. I think he looks cute in his rain gear!
A few years ago we fell in LOVE with the Nordman Fir. It has the definition of branches like a Noble, but the fullness of a Douglas. Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out very much and really doesn’t drop many needles. This family picture was part way through the decorating process.
I love my finished tree! I love the warmth that colored lights give a tree.
Our tree is full of ornaments with special memories attached. For a long time now, my mom gives each of us an ornament at the beginning of December that symbolizes our year. This year I got a mixer. For mine and Nolan’s first Christmas, she gave me all the ornaments I’d received over the years.
Nolan knows how much I love Christmas, so he even used Christmas to propose to me (I’ll be doing a post on that next week). Part of the date was to go pick out an ornament. We chose this snow globe. Each year, we pick out another ornament on the anniversary of our engagement.
The whole tree in all its glory. Oh, how I love Christmas!