Sunday, December 13, 2009

O Tannenbaum

The holidays are in full swing at Team O headquarters!

Our Christmas decorations, including the tree, went up last weekend. I love the festivities and can even tolerate the dark and cold for the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, but after that, I would pay good money to teleport to mid-April (not a huge winter fan, here). For the past five years or so, we've taken a "Christmas tree hunting" day trip near Mount Rainier with a large group of friends. The trip, once we're deep into the woods and have safely parked the car, is so much fun. The drive up the un-guard railed, very narrow and slick logging road, however, leaves a bit to be desired. I was almost in tears a few years ago, convinced we would plummet to our deaths before day's end. Thankfully, everything has always ended safely.

We unfortunately missed out on the tradition this year, though, due to Nutcracker and Seahawks tickets purchased several months ago. Instead, we ventured to Point Valdimar Tree Farm in Stanwood, Wash., where Morgan's parents cut their tree every year. The trees are gorgeous and very fairly priced. And, also on the upside, we had become so accustomed to the Charlie Brown Christmas trees from the forest, that we were pleasantly reminded of the much stronger branches on farmed trees -- fantastic for those heavy ornaments.We did have a little bit of a hiccup, though ...

I pictured myself married to Clark Griswold when Morgan brought the tree in the house -- it is SO huge, i.e., fat. It sticks out more than a quarter of the way into our living room. Our mistake, since we only measured for height. It's one of the most beautiful trees we've ever had, but this year's lesson is to think about width, too!!

(You can't quite tell how rotund this tree is from the picture, so you'll have to take my word for it ...)Hope you're all enjoying the Christmas season and are able to spend quality time with your loved ones!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is a gorgeous, it does look like it takes up quite a bit of floor space :-)

-Katie Keeton

Anonymous said...

eh em, I meant gorgeous "tree."

-Katie Keeton

Hillary said...

Thanks, Katie! Don't worry, I knew what you meant. :-)

Missy said...

Cute picture of Team O! I finally mastered width this year but I still have a problem with height. Love the fatty tree!!

Emily said...

Your tree is gorgeous! Glad we got to see it and you guys on Saturday - thanks for a great comfort food dinner!

Jenny said...

Very pretty tree! I like the photo with the ornament!