It was cold and rainy Sunday, but our family went out to cut our Christmas tree anyway. We wanted to be on time this year, for once.

We always like to get a Texas grown tree so we drove to a local tree farm and started our search. You know, Texas is probably not the best place to get a homegrown tree. This year’s rain notwithstanding, the drought of the last few years stunted growth on most of the trees.
So lots of the trees are, oh, 4 feet tall. Of course a tall tree stand and topper would help. Then there are the trees that look great — from one side.
We try to find a tree with enough space between the branches to hang lots of ornaments. That’s not usually a problem since the greenery can be pretty sparse.

Our routine is always pretty much the same: we walk the tree farm, up and down the rows, and then usually come back to find the perfect tree just where we started out. While the tree is being measured and wrapped in netting, there is always hot cocoa and coffee inside. It was actually cold enough to enjoy this year!
Our tree may not be as majestic as some of the specimens on the tree lots, but as long as our
now 14 year old is willing to go saw it down, I suspect that’s what we’ll do.


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