Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Hunting We Will Go!

Oh, I love traditions!  About 6 years ago one of my best friends let me in on one of her family traditions.  We have been hooked every since.  Now, I have to start by saying, most of my entire childhood and then into adulthood we city folks had a fake perfect tree.  So, for my older kids, this is still hard for them.  In fact, we get a lot of giggles come Christmas time when they come over to see our perfect un-perfect tree.  Now, for the younger ones (I have two sets, for those of you who don't know) they love the un perfect, perfect tree.  

Every year we go a hunting in the middle of the forest and sometimes way too deep snow to find our tree that only a mother could love.  It takes about 3 hours, a lot of discussions, some arguments (that is the stuff I want everyone to forget) lots of walking, and then drum roll please..... our perfect tree or not so perfect but we love it.  It is more about the memories, the time together, the food afterwards, the games and fellowship with great friends but it is a tradition that I hope will be around forever!  Next year, I think I have my daughter in law talked into coming.  Then she will be hooked and we can go laugh at their tree! :)


  1. It looks like so much fun! We just put up the same artificial one each year but one day I hope we can get a "real" one!

  2. I am laughing because I used to go on the same adventure every year with my family! We would venture out into the forest on the land I grew up on and look for the "best Christmas tree ever." Then we would come home, warm up with hot cocoa or cider, and decorate it, flaws and all.

    There's not many trees left now. I was sad to see them go, but now they have been replaced with warm homes for my Grandma and Uncle. At least the property has stayed in the family. :)

    Do you read Beth Moore's Blog? She had a cute story on there the other day about her grandson and a Christmas tree.


  3. Such a fun tradition...So sad not to be a part of the hunting group this year.

  4. We have a perfect fake tree now, but growing up, we did the same thing. And I do have wonderful memories. Especially because they always looked so much smaller out in the great outdoors. We would measure for height, but inevidabley when we got home it was HUGE and would take up the whole living room. Those times were great! Keep up the tradition!

  5. It's like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. It's not the best, but it works, right? =p What a fun tradition.

  6. very fun. it's something your children will remember fondly when they are out on their own.