Saturday, December 8, 2012

O (giant) Christmas tree

Well, it's up - as soon as we hit 1 December, we headed out into the miserable weather to get our Christmas tree. Although we've had a fake tree once or twice before, I'm a real tree kinda gal - you just can't beat the piney scent and I love having a different tree each year.

We had planned to go to a nearby cut it yourself Christmas tree farm - something I've always wanted to do and a new tradition we want to start. We had a few hiccups - basically, we couldn't find roof racks in store anywhere on Friday and they wouldn't arrive for a week if we ordered them online (I was itching to get that tree up and didn't want to wait another week) and we weren't sure that we could fit a tree in our little SUV. I was hopeful, given that we fit a pretty big tree in our teeny tiny toy car Peugeot in Holland, but when we woke up to a massive downpour on Saturday morning we had a case of the lazies and decided instead to go to the Christmas tree farm (pre cut trees) just down the road, figuring if it didn't fit in the car Mitch could drag it home.

We chose out our tree (which didn't look very big leaning against a fence) and got it netted for the short ride home...


Managed to squish it in the car...


... much to Mr Oliver's entertainment!


Got home, shoved it through the back door...


Took it out of the netting and discovered it was too big for the place I had been imagining it. We'd planned to put it in the tiled area at the front of the house so that everyone could see it from outside and I could gate it off if needs be, but once it was in we couldn't open our front door :-(


Arghhhhh!!!! So frustrating. So instead we re-arranged some furniture, shrunk our dining room table and let it take over the living room... I just didn't expect it to be so fat down the bottom! It's wayyyyy different to an Aussie Christmas tree (which, as much as I love them - they are kinda scrawny) and even our Dutch one was a whole lot skinnier.


Then it was onto my favourite part - decorating!!!



Amazingly, Oliver hasn't taken much interest in the tree. We put all unbreakable, child friendly ornaments on the bottom half of the tree just in case. He comes out to the lounge every morning exclaiming tree tree but that's about it.


It was really exciting getting down our boxes of decorations - most of which we hadn't seen in years. We've bought two new ornaments every year since getting married to build up our stash, each carefully chosen out together and the rest are either vintage finds or ones we've gotten on our travels. Each and every one has a story behind it...






I love our first (giant) American Christmas tree :-)


22 comments:

  1. That is one big tree!! Had to laugh reading about your adventures... for some reason the tree ALWAYS looks smaller than it actually is:)

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    1. Definitely! I shudder when I think that I actually wanted a BIGGER one - thank goodness I listened to the husband telling me this one was big enough!!!!

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  2. Wow, your tree is beautiful! I love how full it is. Thats the great thing about real trees. The fake ones never seem to be as full but I've only had one real tree in my entire life and really loved it

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    1. Same, I'd never actually seen one so full before - trees in Holland/Australia just aren't quite so big down the bottom. Real trees are great :)

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  3. I love your tree! It's so full and pretty. Ours didn't fit where we imagined it, either! Haha.

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    1. They are always so much bigger when you get it home hey!

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  4. His outfit is so cute!! Btw the tree looks beautiful. :)

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    1. I love seeing him in overalls too - so cute!

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  5. very nice tree Lu! We have a scrawny Aussie one - but its a beauty too! Lots of love, Martine

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    1. Thanks Tia! I do love a scrawny Aussie one too... Lots of good memories :)

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  6. Ahhh!!! I LOVE your tree!! We've never had a real one before. I'm all about the prelit fake trees. ;) But y'alls is absolutely beautiful! Maybe I'll get a tiny little real one next year. Oh, and I love that every ornament has a story. That makes it so much more special!!

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    1. Ooooh you should try it! The only thing I really don't like about real trees though is the mess. The tree + fresh wreath on our door means we constantly have pine needles underfoot *sigh*

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  7. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi! Love your pictures so much, your son is adorable!! Beautiful tree too!! I love this time of year! Hopefully next year you guys can cut down your own tree.

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    1. Thanks, I'm loving it (even if it is a little oversized lol). It is such a lovely time of year!

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  8. Beautiful tree and beautiful family- thanks for visiting my blog. New follower- look forward to reading more!

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  9. wow that tree is seriously HUGE! hahaha. love it!

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  10. It is a pretty tree! You're lucky your little one doesn't mess w/it! We had a mishap of mishaps last year (w/our little one 'watering the tree,' but we're good so far this year. :)

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  11. I love your giant christmas tree. This year we bought a smaller one.

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