This is the earliest we have ever gone out to get a tree. We usually wait until the first or second weekend in December, but the next two weekends are already very busy for us so I thought it would be fun to go ahead and get the tree early while D is still home from school (after all, he is the master at putting on the lights so that the entire tree is lit up and we don't see the wires). B is out of town but we decided to go ahead without him.
It started this morning with a drive to the tree farm where we have purchased a tree for the last few years. It was a lovely drive, a bit longer than usual because we missed the last turn. We did get to see lots of animals - cows, dogs, goats, horses, chickens, even little bantams running across the road in front of us.
After stopping to ask for directions at two homes we finally found the tree farm. Sadly, it was deserted. Not open. Closed. There was no one there.
So, we drove home.
I didn't think any of the trees we had planted were big enough to be Christmas trees but, not wanting to go to another tree farm or purchase an already cut tree, we ran down to assess the situation in our field.
Happily, there were a few trees that were tall enough.
I like that this one is not too fat and has space for the hanging ornaments to hang freely between the branches.
So exciting. The kids were thrilled
that the hunt was over and we didn't have to go out in the car again.
The best part is that from now on our tree hunting expeditions will only be a walk from the house!
I am glad P is around to remind us of the importance of family holidays even when it is just the five of us here. She loves all of the little details that set a holiday apart from any other day. Last year when we had Thanksgiving dinner with friends, there were place cards for each of us on the table. P remembered this and set to work yesterday morning making place cards for our table.
I had a quick idea of a way to add a turkey to spiff them up. Here is a quick tutorial if you want to make your own (If we had thought of this before Thanksgiving day I would have posted it earlier. You can just file this idea away for next year.)
First, gather your tools. We used a two inch flower punch, a one inch circle punch, a standar hole punch, glue, and a fine point marker.
You will also need some fancy paper. Double sided craft paper works best for the tail section.
Next, cut out one of each size circle for the turkey body parts. From left to right they are the tail, body, and head.
Fold the largest circle so that the back edge peeks out behind the front. Glue the folded paper together and then add the body and head as shown. Use the marker to make a face.
Lastly you will glue the turkey to the card and add legs.
The legs can add quite a bit of character to the turkeys.
* for my family and the time that we are together. With D at U of M and M making his own college plans our family time seems much more precious. Any time we are all together is a time of thanks.
* that so many people are willing to give of themselves to make our community a wonderful place to live with many great opportunities for our children.
* that I have a home to keep out (most of) the wind and weather. Although our home is old, drafty and needs much work it is more than many people have.
* that we have a pantry and cellar full of food to help get us through the winter months. However, I do wish those hens would start laying again.
* for the friends and inspiration I have found in this online community. This really is a special place. Thank you to all who leave a comment or send an email and let me know you are out there. I enjoyed a recent email conversation with someone who moved to my hometown years after I left.
* for my health, eyesight, and ability to work with my hands.
* for the unending support of family and friends -especially my sisters who are always there for me no matter what, even when I am sure they would rather be doing something else.
Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.
I was asked to submit a photo and blurb about myself to the local paper to help promote the All The Trimmings show that I will be a part of on December 4.
I am usually the one taking the photos around here and there are very few pictures of me. M came home from high school exams early so I enlisted his help. There was a bit of silliness during the photo shoot but we did get a few good pictures. This is the one I sent to the paper.
I am off do do my grocery shopping for tommorow's family feast. There will just be the five of us here this year but we will still make our favorite feast dishes. For us it is doesn't seem like Thanksgiving without the Harris family dressing and the Carson family corn pudding.