The holiday season, with all it’s excitement and amazement can also be incredibly overwhelming. As a mom, I don’t want to disappoint my kids. I want them to get what they want from Santa, experience all the fun the season has to offer and do it all while shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, planning, driving and working!! Some times in the midst of all the excitement I just need a break. I need time with my family alone to pause and enjoy each other. Time to remember what the season is about, to laugh with my children and cherish all that we have. When we were invited by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board to visit Emmerich Tree Farm I jumped at the opportunity to bring the family because it seemed to be exactly the kind of family adventure we needed. Taking the whole family to a tree farm seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the season while carving out quality time with the kids
And so this past weekend our family started a new holiday tradition. I woke up the kids super early on Saturday morning, bundled them up and packed them into the car to go cut down our very own Christmas Tree for the first time. When we arrived at the farm Hayley and Derek were so excited. They wanted to “hike in nature” where we live it’s mostly strip malls and soccer fields so being able to walk around, breathe in fresh air and take in the beauty of the Emmerich Tree Farm really was a big treat for all of us and a great way to pause and enjoy one another.
When we arrived at the farm Hayley immediately found the cookies, hot cocoa and the resident Elf on the Shelf.
Truth be told, Hayley went back about 5 times for more cookies (and to chat with her elf friend)
Before heading out to look for our tree we met a very smart man that told us many things about the trees, selections and what to expect on the farm, but the most important piece of advice he gave my husband was “The wife’s choice is always right”
He also suggested we take the kids photo next to a baby tree that would be there for many years to come. We could then take the kids photos next to the same tree every year and see how much all three have grown.
Photos done and off we went on our journey. We walked up, down, side to side and around the whole tree farm. We were in the sunshine, we weren’t rushing, the kids weren’t fighting, the smiles were plenty and there on the tree farm the magic of the holiday season really felt present within my family. The kids were so excited to be outside and hunting for their own Christmas Tree.
And then we found it!! We found our perfect tree!! Large enough to hold a lot of presents under it, huge must for the kids, and strong enough to hold all our favorite family ornaments. The kids cheered and Rob got to work sawing down our very first hand picked real Christmas Tree. It was such a family effort that we all knew right away this was going to become an annual tradition.
My whole life going out to get our real Christmas Tree was always such an exciting day. To me, a Christmas Tree has always been such a symbol of holiday love and happiness. Seeing my own children off the iPad and out on the farm, searching for their own tree was such a heartwarming scene. They came together to find the perfect tree and watching them search for their own tree in such an idyllic setting was a memory I’ll cherish forever.
While chatting with the workers at the farm we got some great tips on how to care for our real Christmas Tree
1-Be sure the stand you use fits your tree properly. Most stands will say how tall of a tree they hold.
2-Use a stand that holds an adequate amount of water
3-Check the stand daily to be sure the tree has enough water
4-Never leave the tree lights on when you leave the house
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.