Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Tree Hunting and a Visit to Aunt Jann's! (AKA: The Day After Thanksgiving)

My husband and I want to create wonderful memories for our family by having fun family traditions. Two of these traditions are cutting down our own Christmas tree and visiting our aunt Jann and uncle Dennis on the day after Thanksgiving. (Here is the link to my post last year about our visit to aunt Janns: Aunt Jann's Christmas Elves)

We went to Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Stevens, WA to cut down our Christmas tree. This is the second year that we have gone to their wonderful farm. Last year we got a 12 foot Douglas Fir for $40! This year we decided to with a different tree type - a Frasier Fir - which was 9 feet tall and $70. 
(I LOVED the Frasier Fir! To me the price difference was totally worth it!)

It was pouring down rain that morning, and we weren't quite sure if we wanted to go cut down the tree in the rain (plus, we got a late start that morning and didn't want to be late to aunt Jann's). But we figured "This is supposed to be a tradition! We have to go!", so we bundled up the baby and headed out to Lake Stevens. Luckily for us, we had gone to the Christmas Tree farm a few weeks prior (on a beautiful, sunny day) and picked out our tree and reserved it. That meant all we had to do was go cut it down, have it bailed and secured to the top of our car and we would be on our way. Once we got there, I was just going to sit in the car with Riker while the hubby cut down the tree... but once we realized how close the tree was to the car (and the rain had let up a bit), we decided to take a few pics with Riker in front of the tree.

Once we took the pics, I sat in the car with Riker while my husband cut down the tree (which took only a few minutes!). He rolled the tree onto a toboggan they provided and he pulled it up to the barn, where they had staff bale your tree for you, free of charge. Their staff also tied the tree to the top of our SUV for us too! It didn't take long at all before we were back on the road headed home!
Once home, we barely had time to put the tree in the stand, add some water, and then head over to aunt Jann's house.

Here is what our tree looked like!!!!!

Once we got to aunt Jann's, we visited for a bit, and then got to enjoy some of aunt Jann's DELICIOUS chili and cornbread. SOOOOO GOOD! My sister and her boyfriend went as well! (My brother and his GF had just moved to San Francisco, or they would've been there too.)

Riker and uncle Dennis. They even have coordinating outfits!!!

My sis and I with Riker

Our perfect little family

After a wonderful time relaxing and visiting (and eating!), we headed home to decorate our Christmas tree. We always break out the Christmas music and hot chocolate for this!

Riker LOVED the lights! In fact, we decided to use colored lights this year because we thought Riker would like those best (as opposed to white lights, which is what we normally use).

(Don't worry, they are LED lights! They weren't hot!)

The tree turned out beautiful! Christmas decorations are so cozy and festive - they make me so happy!

The day after Thanksgiving is one of our very favorite days of the year, because its the day we get to put up our Christmas decorations, start our holiday family traditions, and visit aunt Jann and uncle Dennis!

What are some of your family traditions?

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