Sunday, November 28, 2010


Happy first day of Advent, everyone!  It is snowing down big, beautiful, fluffy, white flakes outside as I type this and we are beginning this season of expectation and anticipation.  Jesus came once, and is coming again.


Yesterday we drove up north of the city to find a cut-your-own tree place.  We did this in Connecticut at a really great farm near our house in Hamden and always got the most beautiful trees; it was so much fun.  As for Utah, well... I can still say we had a lot of fun.

Off to find a Christmas tree!

Stomping around in the snow

So many to choose from

See all those trees, nestled into beautiful mountains?  You would think we would have found a good one, right?  In our tree's defense, it did look quite respectable outside in nature where it belongs.  We could tell it was a bit sparse looking and probably too big for our living room, but hey, we could just chop some off the top and bottom, right?  Well, as we sawed off bits of it, it veered from solidly Christmas-tree-shaped into slightly tragic Charlie Brown territory.  Oh well, this is what you risk when you eschew a manufactured perfect tree from a factory, I suppose, and Grace is fully convinced of its beauty and perfection.  Here is a very flattering glow-y portrait of our wonky Christmas tree:

All decked out

So bring on Christmas!  I am getting ready for it!  And just for the heck of it, here is a song from what is still my very favorite Christmas album.  Yes, I know I linked to this 2 years ago.  I just can't help myself.


Christy@pipandsqueak said...

OK, I know that people say that they LOL a lot on comments and such but seriously. I read about your wonky tree but when I saw the picture I literally laughed so hard that I spit at my computer monitor. THen I laughed at myself. So funny. What a great memory.

Eva said...

As long as Grace is happy... I guess the romantic part is that you cut your own tree. The girls look great in their snow attire!

It is snowing quite a bit here as well. I have to say that i am very happy to get a white farewell from the city.

Carlie said...

Charlie Brown would be proud. Love this post!

Liz said...

I think your Christmas tree is beautiful, Julia! I prefer trees with lots of space between the branches because the ornaments really stand out. It reminds me of the very first tree I had after moving out of my parents' house, and I loved it. I think when it comes to getting a tree, there is nothing better than chopping down your own. We did that one year when we spent Christmas in a mountain cabin in Montana, and it was such a blast! What a great memory for your kids.