Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weekend goodness - the Christmas tree farm

Cutting down a real Christmas tree has been on my to do list forever. I had thought we would do it when we lived in the Netherlands, but nope - we settled for a lovely tree from a lot instead! This year we grabbed a Groupon for Summit Christmas tree farm and on a particularly soggy weekend, we braved the weather and headed out to the mountains for our first tree cutting experience!

Once we got home, Ollie was SUPER excited to get out the Christmas decorations. The last time we decorated a tree together, he was only little and didn't really understand what was going on. This age is fun - I love seeing his excitement and hearing all his ooohs and aaahs as each decoration was unwrapped.

Of course, it wouldn't be right to decorate the Christmas tree without some mulled wine... Mitch's speciality. He's spent years perfecting his recipe and I have to say, I think this years brew was the best yet! We even had a grape juice version for Ollie.

My favourite thing about our Christmas tree? It's unique. Like I mentioned on Instagram, it's eclectic. Nothing matches; it's a jumbled mess of memories and I absolutely ♥️ it. Every year since 2004, when we got married, we've each bought a new decoration to hang on the tree. The collection has slowly grown over the years & we've added in extras with our travels, vintage beauties rummaged at European Christmas op shops & Christmas markets. Every decoration has a story behind it. A memory... Our first married Christmas as uni students living in our tiny Brisbane apartment. The year we went to Noosa and feasted by the beach. The one when we lived in France and spent weekends scouring local festive markets for the perfect ornament. The Christmas we found out we were going to become a family of 3... And this year, Oliver was thrilled to choose his own decoration for the first time. Just a hanging snow globe from Target, but he hung it with pride and care.

I'm so excited my favourite season is here. It still feels a little surreal that it's December already, but we are loving it all the same!

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  1. What a treat it must have been to go to a farm and harvest your own Christmas tree! I heart all of your photos. Makes me miss being in the states during the holidays.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!



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