This past weekend, we finally did one thing that I had been waiting to do since -ahem- the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, I have always loved picking out our Christmas tree.... I remember trips from years past to local tree farms, where my family would chop down our own tree, then munch on candy canes and sip hot cider while it was prepared for us to take home on top of the car. It is easily one of my favorite and most treasured traditions.

This year was no different. We poked around a local shop, looking at possible options and examining them all in the chilly December air. We settled, as usual, on a frasier fir, and let me tell you, this tree is beautiful. 

Last night, we decorated the tree.... another one of my favorite traditions. The strings of lights cast such a pretty glow, luminating the ornaments we hang on the tree year after year. As I've written here so many times, this season is one of my favorites. The idea of a "merry little Christmas" has always appealed to me; nothing too over-the-top nor too simple. As is usually the case, I somehow like the wait and the in between moments of this season, like these, a little more than the actual holiday. 

What memories do you have of picking out a Christmas tree? I'd love to know.


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  1. beautiful. we've never bought a real Christmas tree before, but i want to someday :))
    -jocee <3

  2. this is so beautiful, dear. i absolutely love the scent of freshly cut pine trees.

  3. When I was little, we would go and chop down a tree at a christmas tree farm with our grandparents and then bring it home, decorate it, and drink hot chocolate. definitely one of my favorite memories!

    this post is so beautiful! your christmas tree traditions sound wonderful. gorgeous photos as well!

  4. I love picking out Christmas trees :) we always walk around and name our favorites, and then pick the best one. this year, we picked eve over charlotte and porker (he was fat). she's really pretty :)

  5. Love the pictures! Looks like such a fun time! Sadly, we've never had a real Christmas tree, but I am absoloutely determined to someday! :)

  6. I love putting up the Christmas tree. Putting the star on top always makes me smile!

    Great post. Did you know? While reading this I had Christmas carols playing in my head!

  7. i've never picked out a Christmas tree. it sure does sound fun. (i love the first picture!!!)

  8. Caitlin,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment...I love to meet new friends! =) And I'm so glad I dropped by your lovely blog. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! They're so full of light; I'm inspired. =) I hope to visit again soon!
    Many blessings,

  9. These photos make me so happy! Since my hubby and I got married we haven't had a real tree, but maybe next year! :)

    PS: Just found your blog and I love it!

  10. Wow! you are absolutely amazing at taking pictures. :) Adorable blog.