Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Tree

One of our great family traditions, started the first Christmas Travis and I were dating, is to go cut our Christmas tree from the national forest.  For the past 5 years, that's been in the Buffalo Creek Wilderness Area in Pike National Forest, which is surprisingly just down the road from our house now.  This year, we had to shoehorn it in around a European adventure, a wedding, possible food poisoning, and a crazy work schedule, but we managed to carve out the time to do it, even though it sat undecorated for a week.  And I have to say, I think this is the best tree yet.

The one

Beautiful Colorado day

We had a winter picnic with hot dogs, chili, and hot chocolate

Stringing the lights


  1. So I have to say even before seeing these pictures, this is what I imagined your 'tree gathering' looked like! What great pics (especially that last one of Andrew... what a cutie!!!)
    I am a bit embarrassed to say that the year I had Ali Jane (delivered 3 days after Christmas) we had a fake Christmas tree because I wasn't up for all the work it takes to cut/decorate/take-care of... etc, we went the fake route and I am loving it... I do imagine when the littles are a little bigger though we'll be going out to cut one down... it is an experience every child needs (but I am going to wait until they ALL are old enough to remember it...) ;-)

  2. This might be an incredibly stupid question, but how did you get the tree to the car? Did you park on the side of the forest road and look for a tree a carry-able distance away? (Clearly, I have always bought a tree from a lot!)