Real or Fake, the Christmas Family Tradition {Real life family photographer | Lithia, FL}

Real Tree or Fake Tree for Christmas? 

I feel like there are two distinct people in the world, those that insist on filling their house with the fresh smell of pine every Christmas season and those that love that prelit, non-needle dropping green plastic bush sitting in the corner. Now don't get me wrong, I totally understand the desire of the prelit green bush, but dude nothing beats the smell of a fresh cut Douglas Fir.

It starts with the hunt for the perfect tree.

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Not just any old pine tree will do. Here in Florida, we have lots of great pines, but not the perfect Christmas tree kind. Although one year my mom and I totally had a sand pine that made a pretty cute Charlie Brown tree. Anyway, around here you either go to the local tent on the corner, the big box store to get a tree that has been freshly shipped from some other state OR you tromp out to one of the few local Christmas tree farms and still end up buying a freshly shipped in tree from another state. If you are really adventurous you can cut your own tree down at the farm, but I promise those trees are never the perfect tree! 

Luckily this fun family dragged me along on their hunt for the perfect family Christmas tree. 

 

Our day started as any typical day with toddlers starts... chasing them to put clothes on and get ready in general. 

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After a few hugs, a little more chasing and some shoes, we were off on an adventure to find that perfect tree. 

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Great trees take time to hunt down. It's a long trek to head off into the wilds of the local tree farm. It takes patience, persistence and candy. 

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With the hunt narrowed down to the perfect place. It was time to set off on the adventure of the finding just the right one. This adventure included hay rides, petting the horse and general fun times before making it back home to decorate. Santa's Christmas Tree Forest provided the perfect hunting grounds for a fun afternoon.  

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After much consideration of size, greenness, smell, and shape, the tree is then bagged and strapped down to make the long journey to its final destination.  It was then ready to be adorned with baubles, memories and shiny ornaments. Now comes the real fun part, decorating with 2 littles running around. Trying to keep your children from pulling the tree over, breaking those priceless heirloom ornaments, electrocuting themselves with the lights and any other mayhem they might be contemplating is the first hurdle. . We always have these grand expectations of singing and giggling, dancing to Christmas music while drinking hot cocoa. In reality, we are chugging some kind of alcohol, trying not to lose our sh*t and just get the darn tree put up. Hopefully, if you are like this awesome mom you can strike the balance between pulling your hair out and having lots of fun with your family! 

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Do you put the tree up with the whole family or does no one else want to participate? Is it a family tradition for everyone to gather the day after Thanksgiving or are you lucky to get it up the week before Christmas? Are you a real fan or a fake fan?

 

 


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