Coffee Talk 12.03.17

Good morning! I hope you’re having a good weekend. Mine has been full and busy and very fun, and it’s not over yet. We have church this morning and then I have another fun holiday event to attend tonight. I’d love to fit in a nap in between, but we’ve also discussed trying to get our live tree this afternoon so I’ll have to see how that all plays out.

I mentioned in one of my daily emails that we had suggested not doing the live tree this year because we’re not going to be here on Christmas Day, and our calendar has been packed so tight. (We do have a full-sized artificial tree all set up and decorated in the living room, so it’s not like we wouldn’t have any Christmas tree, but that one is more my tree.) The live one goes in the family room, and it’s the tree where we hang all of our family ornaments and where all the presents go . . . when we’re home for Christmas, anyway.

Needless to say, the kids were not thrilled with that idea, so we’re rethinking that, but I’m curious . . . those of you who do Christmas, how many trees do you set up? And do you do live or artificial?

I grew up with artificial trees due to allergies, but when I married Paul, he introduced me to his family’s tradition of going out to a tree farm and cutting down a live tree, and I was immediately hooked. It’s so much fun, and the kids look forward to it every year. There are lots of tree farms around here so it’s not hard to find one and you don’t have to drive very far, so a lot of families have this tradition.

We’ve tried a few different places, but we have our favorite. They serve hot chocolate, there’s a gift shop where we like to pick up live wreaths and maybe a few new ornaments, and Santa is there on the busiest weekends. It’s just good old-fashioned fun, and if you ask me, the world could use a little more of that!

Well, this is short but I’m going to wrap it up because I need to get moving here. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!