I think it surprises people that I love decorating for Christmas. But, it's not really a carols-and-hot-chocolate, 'I just love Christmas' kind of thing. It's more like 'I get to bring a live tree and ambient lights into the living room?!' kind of thing. It really indulges my wildest interior design fantasies. Of course I love it.
Last year the holidays snuck up on me. In fact, so much that Jonesy and I didn't get a Christmas tree and just kind of scrambled last minute to get gifts. Which is perfectly fine. We weren't feelin' it, and it's not like us to force ourselves into anything. But, it's December 4th and already we have a tree, decor, and a few gifts. So, clearly, we are into it this year.
This week we took an impromptu trip out to Weber's Christmas Forest. For my QC friends, I have to say I highly recommend it. While some of the closer tree farms struggle to get enough trees that are decent size and color, this place has 50 acres of amazing trees. I think we set the record for length of time/distance covered there. We both love being near trees, and were appreciating the exercise and fresh air. But, if staying in the car as long as possible is more your thing (due to kids, cold, etc), this place has roads throughout most it, and you are actually encouraged to drive it.
Yes, he is pruning that tree. Can we say 'horticulturalist'? This is where I'm pretty useless, so I just snap pictures.
As we were leaving, they gave us this Kling card that you dissolve in the water to release some preservatives. I wish I would have snapped a picture before we threw it in because the back had some really warm and fuzzy facts about getting Christmas trees from a farm. Something about how they housed wildlife and provided clean air and water while they grew. It also encouraged us to recycle the tree, which I will have to look into.
If you're still debating, let me tell you that the $18 and slight mess and work are absolutely worth the experience and the visual effect in my opinion. This is also another way we buck big business and landfill waste during the holidays!
In case you missed it, the Studio No. 2 Giveaway is still going on here.
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.