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Finding the perfect Christmas tree

December 9, 2015
By Amber Hovey - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Every year growing up, my parents made a point the second week of December to get a Christmas tree. When I was really young and when my brother and sister would come with, we would go to a local Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree.

We would get our saw from the Christmas tree farm workers and go out among what seemed like thousands of trees and look for that one tree that was perfect. Sometimes it was the Scotch Pine with its prickly needles and sometimes it was a White Pine with its soft needles. Either way, it was always so much fun and oh, the smell of pine trees mixed with the crisp winter air! It's a smell that to this day, I can still close my eyes, remember that smell and be transported back to those days. The snow blanketed the ground, rows and rows of green trees cover the field, the little gift shop was filled with home made wreaths as well as ornaments and Santa figurines. There was even one tree farm that had reindeer, which as a little kid, the excitement to see such a sight is overwhelming.

As I got a little older and my brother and sister didn't come with, it would be just my dad and I. We would often go to the Christmas tree farms and instead of cutting down a tree, we would look at the many pre-cut trees, the farms would have sitting at the front of the farm. The excitement was still there as well as the desire to find that perfect tree. I, of course, always wanted a tree that was so big for our house. However, we would look at almost every tree until we found that one that was the perfect height and was filled out perfectly. Once found, we would haul the tree home, dad would cut trim the bottom and carry it in the house and my mom and I would begin the decorating.

It is probably this Christmas tradition that I have such a love of Christmas ornaments. Already, I have more than enough to cover a tree yet every year I buy another one or two or three.

This is will be my daughter's first Christmas and although she is too young to enjoy the hunt for the perfect tree or help decorate the tree, I am excited for her to have her first Christmas with a real Christmas tree. I cannot wait for the years to come when she jumps up and down with excitement when we go to pick a tree and is ecstatic to help me decorate it.

Christmas is so much more than gifts, it's the time spent with family and friends and the memories created each.



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