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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

by Haylie + Amber

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to spend quality time with family and friends!  Amber’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and Haylie’s is Christmas so you know we are both pretty happy this time of year!!  Now that we are in December we wanted to share how we both pick out our Christmas trees. One thing that we both agree on when decorating our houses for Christmas is having a real tree.  Just the smell alone makes it feel like Christmas to us.  Amber had a real tree since she was born and Haylie always wanted a real tree but sadly, her mom is allergic.


In my adult life I am making up for lost time and I usually get two live trees; one for our porch and one for our living room. I have moved and lived in many many houses in my life and when house shopping the question of where the Christmas tree would go is always a factor.

In our house we put our tree in our cozy living room. We have gone to a farm in the mountains for a tree, or just up the road to the farmer’s market and we have thoroughly enjoyed every experience no matter where we go. Our favorite method of retrieving our tree each year is by way of Mini Cooper!  My husband has a 1960’s Morris Mini Cooper that is always a head-turner whenever we drive it, but the looks and laughs we get from folks who see the two of us in his right hand drive Mini Cooper with a full sized Christmas tree strapped to the top is priceless!

No matter the method, or location it is not Christmas until that glorious scent of a live tree fills our house!

This year we decided to do something a tad bit different. So far we have seen 2 Christmas’ in our house and both times we struggled to find a tree that was tall enough but that was less than 4ft in diameter. Given our small space challenge its gets rather snug with a 7′ fraser fir in our living room. So this year we decided to go with a Silvertip fir.  I love these little trees they are tall and skinny and are just so different. I love it. I think we will be a Silvertip loving family from now on. The only down side is they are grown in the Northwestern US so we have to get it from a nursery instead of a farm. I think the trade off is worth it!



For the last 5 years my husband and I have gone to the mountains almost every year to cut down our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  This has become a tradition for us that we plan to continue every year.  My mom goes with us and we normally stop and each lunch.  We make a day out of it and enjoy our time together!  This year we went to Clawson’s Christmas Tree Farm in Boone, NC.  This is our tree we picked at the farm. Can you tell Daniel is cold?

The tree in the photo below is my mom’s tree. As you can see I clearly do better behind the camera than in front of it.

I also of course forgot to take a photo of the tree before I starting putting lights on it but here is the tree inside with the beginning of my lights.  I put a lot of lights on my tree, actually thousands of lights, I can’t help it.

We would love to hear what traditions that you have around Christmas and picking out your tree.  Amber will be sharing her decorated tree on Thursday and it has a lot of lights, you don’t want to miss it. Haylie likes to tease Amber that her tree isn’t bright enough unless it can be seen from space. 😉


Cole December 5, 2017 - 4:12 pm

Since living with Haylie my outlook on Christmas has really changed. I think she thawed my Christmas heart a bit and now somehow she convinced me to get a Christmas tree BEFORE Thanksgiving this year. 😐

Haylie December 10, 2017 - 5:43 pm

It was only the day before Christmas! And besides I’m just inspiring you to have a Christmas heart as big as mine 😊

Susan December 9, 2017 - 9:57 am

Gosh! We LOVE your Silvertip Fir, Haylie and Cole! Looks gorgeous in your living room. That’s the kind Tibor had growing up. Just gorgeous!!

Haylie December 10, 2017 - 5:41 pm

Thank you!! I love these little guys and they are perfect fit in our living room. We got our from Pikes nursery this year. How fun would it be to surprise Tibor with one next year!?


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