Here’s a very popular family tradition of traveling to the Christmas Tree farm and picking up our very own Christmas trees for the holiday season! Let’s read all about it with Jenn!
“Christmas traditions are something I look forward to every year, that and getting to find (or make) the perfect gifts for everyone. In fact, I am so obsessed with traditions that one of my brothers makes fun of me saying, “If we do it once, it’s a tradition.”
But the rituals of this time of the year bring back so many good memories for me and help me connect with the present and look forward to the future. I often find myself focusing on these types of things to cope with the different stresses and events of my life. The people I’ve lost, the distance between my family back home and where my husband, kids, and I live, and the realities of being a military wife.
One of my absolute favorite traditions is one started by my parents as newlyweds that has continued to the point that now their children are following the tradition with their families! We are from Minnesota, and so we all get bundled up and pick several Christmas cookies from a super-secret stash that has been in the freezer since Thanksgiving.
We then pile in cars and drive up to the same tree farm that they have always gone to and we pick out a tree for each family. This involves lots of running around in the snow (if there is any) playing catch, and discussing the merits of long and short needle trees. Once we find our trees we then use Dad’s saw to cut them down and throw them in the truck, and while the employees of the farm prep our trees for the ride home, we set to completing some other traditions.
Some of us take a look around the little shop they have for our yearly ornaments, while everyone else heads to a picnic table by a little pond with fish to feed. Then, we all sit around eating the first cookies of the season and drinking hot cocoa. Then we head home to put up and decorate our trees.
This was always the official start to the holidays for me growing up, and when I moved away from home to be with my husband, I vowed I would find a way for us to follow the same tradition, even if we couldn’t go to the farm with everyone else.
So we still pick one special day and save our cookies until then, and instead of going to a tree farm we set up and decorate several artificial trees around our home. I usually try to call some of my family. It’s hard to keep it together and not be too sad, but I am always grateful that my husband, kids, and I can be together and still have this tradition, albeit a little different than everyone else.
There is something comforting about knowing that even with miles separating me from my family (and sometimes my husband) that traditions like these still exist and keep us connected. And I suppose, that’s really what I like about traditions at the holidays, the connections we make to each other because of them.”
From Jenn Fisher And Family
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