Christmas Tree 2018
Last year I was completely skeptical of my husband’s plans when he suggested that we take all the toddlers and cut down our own Christmas tree. This year was totally different.
**Side note: as I was chasing three toddlers around the mountain, I didn’t take that many great shots, in fact, I can’t find one with my face in it! There’s always next year!
This year, it was me who was packing hats and scarves and preparing for our adventure up to Shelton, Connecticut to visit Jones Family Farms!
I absolutely love this tradition. Well, I’m calling it that, does two in a row make it a tradition? Do I have to wait for three? Heading up to Jones Family Farm is absolutely magical and I hope we’ll do it every year.
This year for Thanksgiving we were lucky to have grandparents visiting from Texas (Grandma and Papa Honey) and Great Grandma Judy, too.
After a fantastic Thanksgiving day we went to sleep with full bellies and woke up super early to get on the road. The kids were excited and kept saying “Christmas tree!”.
When we arrived, there were already several families “tailgating” in the wooded parking lot. “Tailgating” in this sense meant tables set up with hot cocoa, cinnamon rolls, donuts, and one family looked like they were doing a cookie exchange- how fun is that? The kids knew something special was about to happen and even though it was chilly, it wasn’t freezing. The day was a mild 50 degrees- perfect tree-cutting weather.
We started with the short speech about which type of tree you can find and where- they offer six kinds from Blue Spruce to Fraser fir. We set off to Candy Cane Mountain(yes, that’s really what it’s called!) and started seeking our perfect tree. The kids were adamant that they wanted to walk- all three of them, so they didn’t ride in the wagon. They hiked, without complaint, about a half mile up the hill.
My husband had reminded me to measure our ceiling again before we left because I tell you, once you get out there you start thinking an 11 foot tree is a good idea. Someone, ahem, I won’t mention names, chose a too-tall tree last year and we had to chop it down to fit inside the house. Last year I was a tree cutting rookie. #treeproblems
After much consideration, we found the perfect one. We let the kids take turns with the saw (assisted, of course) and each of them helped cut it down. Then we yelled,”Timberrrrr!” and it came down!
Down the mountain we went, pulling our tree behind us. The kids opted for the wagon this time, but they were troopers heading up the trail!
Once at the bottom of the hill, the workers wrap your tree and help you secure it to your car. Then, you can head over to the Christmas village. You can walk or drive, and it is about one mile from the trees. It’s just as cute and cozy as it sounds. It is like walking through a winter wonderland. Their decorated barns and Christmas themed shops are the perfect way to start the season.
We spent the rest of the day munching on Jones Farms Christmas cookies, sipping delicious hot apple cider, writing letters to Santa, and taking advantage of the beautiful day. You can also do a wine tasting in the winery building- it’s pretty much the perfect day. There is also pavilion where you can sit have snacks, plus a perfect gift shop for buying a special ornament!
So, we made it once again!
Know before you go:
♥Take a plastic tarp- it’s helpful for getting the tree down the hill
♥Take gardening/outdoor gloves- you’ll thank me!
♥Take some yummy food- pack sandwiches or other heavy snacks for the entire day. The Christmas Canteen serves cookies and treats, but you might want something more! We saw people snacking on everything from fancy meat and cheese platters to picnics of sandwiches to the cookie swap I mentioned.
♥It’s cold up there- you’ll need more scarves and hats than you think!
Hope to see you there in 2018!
Here’s the link to the Jones Family Farm – be sure to check them out!