Chop Your Own Tree for a New Family Tradition
Traditions are typically a big part of Christmas, and these may include family gatherings, songs you sing, pictures you take, and even time spent decorating the tree together. To make a new tradition in your family, you might consider getting everyone together to visit a nearby lot and cut down your own Christmas tree.
Before you do this, consider a few things about getting your own tree. First you want to have a sturdy base for it at home before you even cut it down. The base will keep it upright and keep it watered so it’s healthy. You also need a tree skirt, which goes under the tree to keep your rug protected from falling needles and sap. Be sure you get these things before you head out to get a tree.
Next, you need to find a lot that grows Christmas trees in particular. These will be smaller than standard pine trees and lot owners will give you assistance if needed in cutting down your own tree. They will typically wrap the tree and help you to tie it to your car’s roof so you can transport it home. Do a local internet search for ‘Christmas tree lots’ or ‘cut your own Christmas tree’ and note the best locations.
You will need to pay a fee for your tree even if you cut it yourself. This covers their costs of growing the trees plus their costs for the lot itself, and for assisting you in getting it to your car. Be prepared for this fee before you go.
Once you’ve found the right lot, it’s time to gather the family and create your tradition. First get them excited by telling them that they can help to pick out the right tree. Then as you head off to the lot, make it fun by singing Christmas carols or talking about past Christmases, or what they hope for this Christmas. Keep the mood upbeat so everyone enjoys themselves.
Let the kids helps to pick out a tree; you may need to measure to find something that will fit, but don’t be overly particular about the tree they choose. Remember that this is about starting traditions, not about finding a ‘perfect’ tree, so welcome their input. If they want something smaller or that has fewer pine needles, be prepared to work with this. After all, Christmas is about family time and being together!
Once you get the tree home, enjoy your time decorating it as a family. Again, let the children have their input. This may not create a perfectly decorated tree but if you choose one with the family and bring it home and decorate it together, it will be the best tree you’ve ever had!