If you are asking me, picking out the perfect Christmas tree is a family tradition worth having. If you are asking my husband, he will tell you, no it is not. He would then go on to tell you how wasteful, dangerous and messy live Christmas trees are. But me, I like to live on the wild side. In my book, there is no sweeter smell than a Douglas fir at Christmas time. For now, or until I completely wear him down, we compromise by having a medium-sized artificial tree, with live fir wreaths and a little Charlie Brown tree to put beside our front door.
This weekend, we discovered Cypress Creek Growers, a beautiful family-run tree farm in Cypress, Texas. We spent our Saturday morning at their farm, running through the trees, drinking hot cocoa, eating cookies and visiting with some friendly farm animals. Their wreaths were just what I was looking for. And, if you are lucky enough to have a real Christmas tree in your home (Russell, think about it), they will help you cut down a tree of your choosing and bring it to your car by a tractor-drawn family hay ride. Patrick was pretty pitiful when Russell told him he would not be getting to bring home a tractor (see last picture). But, that moment aside, it was a perfect morning preparing for Christmas!