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I grew up with the tradition of going out with the family and cutting down a live Christmas tree. We would head out to a local tree farm, find the perfect tree and cut it down. After we were married we continued this tradition with our children. We did this every year until we moved to Florida and there were no local tree farms around.


The first year we lived in Florida our friends shipped us a live tree from LLBean! Yes you can actually ship a live tree through the mail! Not the small tabletop trees they now sell but a full size Christmas tree!Christmas tree


When we moved into our first home in Florida we decided that perhaps purchasing an artificial tree would make more sense. At the time (early ’90s) we spent what we thought was a lot of money on an artificial tree – $189! It was a beautiful tree that you would assemble branch by branch. Turns out it was an amazing investment as we used the tree for the next 21 years averaging out to a cost of $9.00 a year! We even moved the tree to Vermont and used it every year!Christmas tree


With an eventual move coming up and trying to get rid of the things that we will not move we decided to sell our artificial tree. It was still in excellent condition and although it had lost some needles over the years when it was decorated you really couldn’t tell it was fake.Christmas tree So we sold the tree this fall. Hoping that perhaps we’d have an offer on our home before Christmas.


Well that didn’t happen and here we are celebrating yet another Christmas in Vermont. No children or grandchildren home this year but we decided to go out and purchase a live tree from a local tree farm.Christmas tree


Our tree is adorable but half the height of our old artificial tree. Not to mention this tree must be watered every day as we have a woodstove and the tree tends to drink water! I imagine the tree will have to come down shortly after Christmas because the needles will start falling out.Christmas tree


Bottom line, when we eventually relocate to the Pacific Northwest we will once again invest in an artificial tree. Although I love the smell of a fresh tree the pros of an artificial tree out weigh the enjoyment of a fresh tree.Christmas tree


With an artificial tree you can set it up the weekend after Thanksgiving and it will still look as good for New Years. You don’t have to worry about daily watering. The branches are sturdy and can actually be moved so you can hang an ornament just right! The only downside besides the lack of smell is the fact that you have to store it each year.


What sort of tree do you have? I was always a live tree type of person but over the years I have changed my mind!frugal tips, prudent living




This will be our first Christmas away from home in many years. As you know we have been spending the last two months in the Pacific Northwest. All four of our grown children live between Seattle and Portland and it was easier for us to come to them then to have them all make the trip to Vermont.

I realize that I have many traditions associated with the Christmas season. Every year we attend the Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont. Woodstock is a picturesque town and the Wassail Parade is beautiful. Horses and riders all decked out in their Christmas costumes march in a parade around the town green. Everyone is shouting “Merry Christmas” to each other. At the end of the parade everyone gathers on the green for a bonfire and carol singing. For me it is always the start of the Christmas season.Wassail Parade

Our tree is usually decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving and I take such pleasure in hanging  each ornament on the tree; so many treasures. I have ornaments that have been passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me. There are many handmade ornaments made by either my children or dear friends. It was very strange to not have our own tree this year. Instead we had fun helping my daughter decorate her tree.tree decorating

This week we are spending the week with my other daughter in Washington. She has a beautiful tree.Christmas tree Over the years I would give each child an ornament. When our daughter’s married and moved on I packed up all the ornaments I had given them and passed them along. Now as I look at my daughter’s beautiful tree I see the ornaments I had given her.

I do miss our own Christmas tree and the memories I enjoy as I decorate the tree but celebrating Christmas with those I love is so much more important.family We will be gathering with all of our children, their spouses and our grandchildren soon to celebrate Christmas together. We will be celebrating in a rental house where we will all be staying and I’m not sure there will even be any decorations! Instead we will enjoy each other’s company and create new memories of our first Christmas in the Pacific Northwest!

I hope wherever you are this Christmas season you have a wonderful holiday.Gingerbread house

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