So while the Griswolds headed out into an snow covered field, numb up to their eyeballs the kings, headed down the open road and ended up here............
Yep, that's right. We bought our tree at Rite Aid this year. At first I was quite sad about it. Most years we make an afternoon out of getting our tree. We find a tree farm and bundle up and head there after church. We have fun wandering through the trees trying to find the BEST tree available. Matt gets to cut it down and we drag it back to the car. Sometimes there is hot chocolate waiting at the end and candy canes or other times we just head home and start pulling out the decor. Another part of our tradition is making a big pot of golden cream soup and warm our freezing selves back up before we start the best part. The "best" part usually includes arguing over who's ornament is whos. Me untangling lights for most of the time. Matt putting the lights up. Me getting sad/mad because another ornament has broken. And of course the best part, trying to decide who gets to put up the star! But through all of that we have found the secret to keeping the peace. Video camera!!! Hahah I set the camera up and just let it roll. And guess what? Everyone is a little nicer, a little happier and all around a little more fun! It's amazing how we behave when that thing is on. Madels is definitely her mothers daughter and spends a large amount of time jumping up and down in front of the camera, and Jude mostly tries to avoid it.
Too bad that beautiful flocking job didn't stick around.
Yep, we did that! Good thing the house isn't far from Rite Aid. I actually held onto the top of the tree from inside the car while we went up the hill to our house! We must have been quite a sight.
Matt King, the best tree lighter I know.
Cutest light helpers I know.
We can never remember who put the star up last year so this was our solution this year!
What a beaut! The kids are so happy with the tree! They walk in the room and just gush about how much they love the tree. It smells sooooo good and I love the glow of the lights through our front window.
So although this year's tree hunt didn't start out like I had planned (hello story of the last few months!) it turned out like it always does. My family was together, we made memories and we have a beautiful tree decorated with love! :)
So what are your favorite family traditions when it comes to putting up the tree?
Merry Christmas from The Kings!!!