Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our Christmas Tree Excursion - What a Beautiful Place We Found

The first significant snow fall had fallen the day and evening before. It was a beautiful, white covering that clung to the trees and coated the grass with a pristine whiteness. Little puffs of steam came from our mouths as we got out of our car and bundled our children in snow suits, hats, gloves and boots. It was our daughters first time in all the snow gear and she stood apprehensively looking at us and wondering if we really expected her to try and walk. Our son was excited and ready to run, jump and roll through all the snow he saw.

We headed to a small, charming little barn, decorated for the holiday festivities. As we walked up we were warmly greeted and shown where saws and sleds were to use, where an outdoor fire pit was to warm up and shown a map to know where to head for the type of tree we wanted. A tractor was also making hay rides available out to the field of Christmas trees, but we opted for the walk and placed the kids on the sled for a fun ride in the snow.

The fresh air and the beauty of the fresh fallen snow covering the trees was all that my soul could have asked for on this afternoon. I was thrilled to be outside, even in the cold. We were in aw of just how many beautiful trees there were to choose from. All the trees were $40, no matter the size and unlike some tree farms we've gone to in the past, it certainly didn't take too long to find the perfect one for us.

With a couple good shakes of the tree to get off the snow, we knew we had found the Christmas tree for us. My husband got down on his knees and began the quick and easy process of cutting down our tree for this year. Our son and daughter stood waiting excitedly to the side with big grins on their faces.

With the tree quickly cut down, my son help cut some of the lower branches off, with true pride growing in him as he felt so grown up to be helping dad. We placed our tree on our sled and made the walk back to the small charming barn. As we opened the door, we were greeted with the warmth of the wood burning fireplace, hot cider and cookies, along with a darling little store of crafts and art creations. The couple people working made our children feel at home and we sat down for a bit to enjoy the hot cider and warm up a bit.

My husband took our tree over to a larger barn, where they shook it clean, bundled it up and even helped put it on our car. The large barn was no exception to the Christmas decorations with white lights covering the inside and plenty of pre-cut trees to look at and purchase and more crafts to peruse over.

As we finished up our tree hunt excursion and got back into our car to head home, I day dreamed of the home and land I hope we will be blessed with one day. It was a beautiful afternoon and one well worth remembering in the years to come.

If you live in the Twin Cities and are looking for a place to go to cut down your own Christmas tree, consider heading to Black Woods Tree Farm outside of Stillwater, MN.  

If you want to see more great pictures of the farm, check out Mikalah's site called Posy the Porcelain Pig and read about her husband and her tree hunting fun. It was her parents who told us about the farm and told us about their wonderful experience there.

Merry Christmas everyone!

1 comment:

  1. It was fun to read your account of the visit! I was sad that we missed the freshly fallen snow, but we were with a friend who works as a groundskeeper, and as soon as the snow started falling he got called into work! Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for linking to my blog as well! =)


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