It’s December. That means it’s time for Christmas to throw up all over the place, including my house. This is only our second Christmas in this house. Before, we were in a tiny apartment. There wasn’t a lot of room for decorations. So, we are slowly picking up a few every year. One day my house will be full of Christmas awesomeness!
We got a real tree last year. It was the first one I ever had. My brother had asthma really bad while we were growing up, and the smell of the evergreen trees would irritate him. That meant we had to use fake trees. In the apartment, we had an itty bitty fake one that fit on an end table.
Needless to say, I’m pretty much in love with having a real tree. It’s one of my favorite parts of the Christmas Season now.
We had an interesting experience purchasing our tree last year. I picked a tree farm that I found via Google. Daniel called to ask questions and find out their hours. We got there, and it was a guy selling trees from his backyard. The trees were all sad, and goats had ate the bottom branches. We still found one that we thought would work. It’s a good memory.
Daniel was anxious to find an awesome tree farm this year. He picked out two, and we set out to check both of them out.
The first one was Exley’s in Sewell. It was HUGE and busy. They had a ton of trees available, both cut and dug. There were trees as far as we could see.
They had some nice trees, but Daniel was irked that they only had one variety. So, we headed out to our next stop.
I don’t remember the name of this place, but I wasn’t impressed. It ended up being a landscaping business with a few trees planted on the side of the building. Do you know that feeling you get when you wander into the bad part of town? That ‘I’m not supposed to be here’ feeling? I had that the whole time we were there, which wasn’t long.
I’m mad at Daniel because he wouldn’t stop for me to take a photo, but I noticed when we were leaving that their sign said ‘Santa and Pony Rides.’ I’m still laughing about that.
We decided to just drive around and see what we could find. This is South Jersey after all. It’s mostly farmland; there had to be another tree farm close by.
We ended up stopping at Scattered Acres in Monroeville. We were greeted by a bunch of employees, offered cookies, and directed towards the trees. The farm was small and adorable. That’s the type of place I like to patronize (in the good way).
We walked around for a while before finding the perfect, fat tree. Oops. The perfect, big-trunked tree. I don’t want to hurt her feelings.
We asked them to cut it down for us, and it them forever to figure out how to operate the chainsaw. It was pretty funny. Eventually someone had to show them.
We got the tree home, and the cats immediately made themselves at home. They were just babies last Christmas, and they were already trouble. It’s a good thing we stocked up on shatterproof ornaments!
Kitten McNugget climbs the tree. He thinks it’s his new, private, awesome bed. Small Fry just sits at the bottom, chewing on the branches.
We decorated the tree this morning. This made the cats even more excited. We were hanging toys on their bed…
…and putting a soft blanket for them under it!
My family was never into decorating the tree in a theme. We would get ornaments for Christmas every year, and we’d just use those. That means I have a collection of awesome ornaments, dating back to 1983.
Unfortunately, I cannot use most of them because they are fragile. I don’t trust the cats enough. Again, they’re the reason I can’t have nice things. That’s why I have the coordinating blue and purple ornaments. They’re the shatterproof ones I mentioned earlier.
Spike couldn’t care less about the tree. He has never bothered it.
I think it’s beautiful! Although, the tree skirt didn’t fit around our base, and the cats kept pulling it off. So, I took a round, Christmas tablecloth we had and made a new skirt!
Doesn’t it look much better?
I’m basically in love with our tree this year. It’s gorgeous. Well, at least I think it is. I’m sure most of you agree.
It even looks awesome from outside!
Yes, I know my house looks under dressed. I’m still working on collecting outdoor decorations. Next year it’ll look more festive!
Do you guys collect ornaments, or do you have themed, Pinterest-quality trees? Do you use real ones or artificial ones?