One of the special things at holiday time in the Pacific NW is the many Christmas tree farms with beautiful trees just waiting to be chosen and taken home to decorate. Our family always makes a little outing of selecting the "perfect" tree, and this year we again visited Shorty B's Tree Farm on Rainier Rd to find our Christmas tree.
The weather cooperated nicely with a dry day that was nippy but not bone chilling cold. Of course sometimes I think my family prefers a drizzly or really cold day to make sure I don't keep everyone there for hours while we carefully check out each tree.
Is this one too tall? Is this one to wide? How about this one - nope the trunk is too crooked.... Now this one has possibilities - and lots of sturdy branches for those heavier ornaments.
I admit my approach is to find at least one tree that is a possible, but then want to still wander up and down the rows to make sure there isn't a tree that is even more perfect. And yes, we often then migrate back to that first possible tree spotted - YES, it is the one!
This year we did actually find a lovely Grand Fir pretty speedily and our son's family selected a Noble Fir. A little sawing and loading into the pickup while granddaughter Addy talked about decorating "her tree", and her baby brother fascinated himself touching the branches curiously to check out this strange new texture.
A free candy cane as we paid for our trees - and homeward to set up trees in stands and start draping them with lights, ornaments and love!