This year was completely different from what we planned. We tried several times, but tradition was eluding us at ever corner. The weekend after Thanksgiving a stomach bug hit our house, and even though it didn't get everyone we couldn't risk it appearing in the van at the top of the mountain or at the tree farm. So we postponed getting the Christmas Tree until the following weekend.
The next weekend met us with a snow storm. We got several inches, and around here, there is no driving to the top of the mountain with any amounts of snow falling. I posted pictures of that storm here in this post.
The following weekend, we were having much better luck. The weather was good and all little Nuts were healthy. We were in the process of packing up the kids for the afternoon out and our neighbor knocked on our door. She noticed that we still didn't have our tree up yet, and as they just bought a new artificial tree she was tossing her old tree and wondered if we wanted it. With as busy as our lives have been lately, Mr Nut and I looked at each other and decided we would go with the artificial tree. Not very traditional, not nearly as much fun, but somehow it seemed to fit into our schedule and we jumped at the chance to save a bit of time.
It is not what we are used to, but it turned out beautiful, in spite of the all the road blocks we encountered along the way. It is missing a few branches, and is a little lopsided, but that just adds to its charm.
The dining room is the only room big enough for a Christmas Tree, so we move everything around to set up the tree, and then push everything to the back of the room Christmas morning. You can see what this room normally looks like in our Pumpkin carving post here.
I finally finished decorating the tree yesterday. It only took a month of trying to get the tree up, but it is up and everyone is happy.