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Tree(s) 2016

We took a trip into the chill for our Christmas tree yesterday.  The farm we visit is just outside of town, which is in the country.  No sprawl around here, so it's straight into the farmlands and wilds.  It was thirty-two degrees with a constant wind, so we were pretty frozen on our faces by the time we were done.  Since we brought our own saw, we just walked into the trees and picked one that suited both Mike and me, and trotted back down to the car.

The Big Tree

Willow has become quite the fashion plate, as you can see.  My mother picked up this Rothschild coat for her, after our searches for the ones I wore turned up fruitless.  I guess you could say my early decluttering efforts were not as thoughtful as they are now.  Anyway, this girl has a style all her own.  She's got a lovely brown felt hat to wear with it, but the wind was too strong to bring it along.

The Fashion Plate

This dear boy brought home a smaller tree, as well.
It's the top of a big tree, of course, that took a tragic turn and broke out.

The Little Tree

Roan was so proud and serious about the little tree.
We took the decorations off the little artificial tree and he set to work.

Trimming the Tree

For the first time, we were all able to decorate the big tree as fairly equal participants.
Roan took over the standing around and reminiscing over the ornaments.

Advent Ring

Here's my new ornament from last year from Mike's mom from The Wooden Wagon.
And below is an ornament from my mother's childhood.

Angel with the Deer

This is Willow's ornament from last year, too.  I think it is fitting--she is always the perfect hostess, leaving no one out.  The children really love to feed the birds and ask me for bread cubes any time they see me cutting them up.  Oh, the precious hand-ground grain that has been fed to the birds, though I could ask for no better recipients.

Singing Angel

Tada!  I'll bring up the angel from the basement later!



( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 12th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)
This is just lovely... such beautiful scenes. I love that Roan had his own little tree to decorate. We put up our tree this week, too. The children decorated it all on their own this year! - Stacey
Dec. 13th, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
Thank you. I would love to see a picture of your tree. :-)
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Dec. 13th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
She is! Yes, Virginia has little pom poms on her hat, so she had to go with Willow's new coat. :-) The tree man is so kind to us.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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