Today’s Five Minute Friday is “Tree”.
That is my husband cutting down our Christmas tree last year. For the past three years, we have bought a tree cutting permit and gone to our local forest to cut down a tree. The trees are not perfect like the ones on the tree lots. We have done a poor job of deciding where to cut them to get the best trunk space or branch balance. But, the process is worth the imperfect (and natural) result in my mind. It is a tradition. One of only a few our little family has established. And I must admit that I love it. I am already looking forward to it (we usually go just after Thanksgiving with the hopes that the tree will survive the month or so until Christmas). We are getting a little better at it each year. I figure by the time my daughter is old enough to know what a tree should look like, we will be pros! 🙂
Right now, the process for her is just as important. Last year we had to hike back a bit from where we could park to get to a tree that we liked. She loved traipsing through the forest with the pine needles and fallen branches and trees beneath her still-a-bit-unstable feet. This year she is bigger, better on her feet and more adventurous. I look forward to witnessing those differences. The first year we went, she sat in a car seat in the truck while we cut a tree nearby. Each year presents a change and each year will be more memorable for her as she moves forward.
I long for family traditions but have not done a good job of establishing many. But, this is definitely one of my favorites.