Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree...

Picking out a Christmas tree was such a fun tradition and memory from my childhood, yet I have been disappointed with the fact that the past few trees we've had haven't had much of that yummy pine smell. I mean heck that's the biggest payoff for dealing with all those needles on your floor right? So I was discussing my "plight" with some friends one day when someone suggested we try going to a farm where you can cut your own tree. Cut your own tree at a farm? I had heard of people doing this out in the random forest somewhere, but had no clue there were places where you could just pay to pick out your own tree and then cut it down. They even shake out the needles (and/or bugs yuck!) and net it for you. Genius! We found a place in Fillmore that also has access to the Christmas tree train. Families can board the train and ride it to the farm, pick out their tree- then its loaded on the train and you head back. Such a great idea. However, there was another train experience I thought would be even more fun. The Polar Express. On this train kids are encouraged to wear their jammies, they get Christmas tree cookies and chocolate milk, sing Christmas carols with elves (and even get a jingle bell for themselves) listen to a story and get to meet Santa. Very fun.
So we headed down early, picked out our tree, had a little dinner, rode the train and then talked with Santa at the very end so the kids could put in their "order" of course. ;)
I recommend this to anyone looking to start a fun family tradition.
I know it will be for us!

the ONE!

gorgeous scenery

strong daddy

hanging out while dad does all the work!

train time!

hanging on the train

violet liked the elf

Elf reading the Night Before Christmas

looking for Santa's house

carousel ride too? heaven!

Jesus got some love too. Amen.

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