This past weekend, we headed north for our annual tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree! It’s always one of my favorite days of the entire year. Christmas brings so many fun traditions, and as I’m getting older, I’m realizing that I really love tradition, routine, and the simple things in life. I think I’ve always known that, but it definitely becomes more clear every single year. Especially now that I’m 30. You just learn to let go of the dumb little things, and focus on the important things. Like choppin’ down an ol’ tree with your family! ;)
First, we headed into downtown Rockford to grab brunch at The Peppermill Grill. Eric and I honestly loved that little place. It’s so quaint on the outside, and on the inside, it’s your classic small-town diner. There was zero wait, and we had hot coffee and breakfast within minutes. We loved it! I think that might also have to become a yearly thing we do! After breakfast, we headed over to Hart Tree Farm. We’ve been going there for as long as I can remember. I absolutely love it!
When we first arrived, we quickly poked around the pre-cut trees, wondering if we might be lazy this year. I’ve been a crazy person on saving money lately though, so when I saw the pre-cut trees were almost double the cost, I was like… nope, we’re heading out to cut our own! So we grabbed a saw, hopped on the hayride wagon, and realized that was the best part of the entire experience. I couldn’t stop smiling on that little hayride out to the field. We hopped off at Douglas Fir, and went searching for the perfect tree.
Of course, Eric spots the largest, fattest tree, and refuses to budge. I warned him… this tree is massive. And his argument was legit, we do have very tall ceilings (thank you historic home), and a large bay window area where the tree sits perfectly. So we chopped it down (ahem, by we, I mean Eric), loaded it up on the hayride trailer, and headed back to have it shaken and baled. After twining it to the top of our car, opening up the sunroof to make sure it didn’t fly off, we headed home!
And the tree is massive. I’ll be sure to snap a few pictures of our interior holiday decorations, and you’ll see. We even had to pick up two extra boxes of lights this year! But man, I just love how a real tree makes your entire home smell like heaven. Plus, it makes your living room so COZY. There’s nothing I love more than cozying up on the sofa, with the lights dimmed, the Christmas tree on, a candle burning, and a good holiday movie playing. The holidays are such a dreamy time of year.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend… and a great start to your Monday! November truly flew by, but I’m really looking forward to a new month, especially December, which is one of my favorite months. Holiday parties, lady dates, our annual trip to Frankenmuth, gift shopping, holiday Wine Club, and spending time with friends and family. I’m excited for every bit of it. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?