O Christmas Tree! Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

O Christmas Tree! Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

We went to the Christmas tree farm yesterday! It was so much fun! The kids had a great time. The Christmas tree farm not only had Christmas trees, but they had animals for the kids to pet, pig races, hay tunnels, etc. The first thing Emma did was chase the chickens! She was about the same size as the roosters. It is a good thing they were friendly!

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Emma loved petting the baby goats, she was amazed at the pigs, and the sheep were a little scary, especially when they went “baa”! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so cute! David loves all the animals too, but was particularly excited to crawl through the hay tunnels, slide down the hay bails, and loved that he found a hidden candy cane on one of the Christmas trees.

 

As we were searching for the “perfect” tree, we came across this tree:

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We laughed about this tree and said we should probably get this one. It would be baby and cat proof! (Zoe is pulling off ornaments and playing with them as I type, so I’m actually starting to wish we had! Sigh! ๐Ÿ™‚

We searched the field, discussed and debated about which tree we each preferred. None of us could agree of course! ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally found the perfect tree! I think Andrew was just tired of looking, so he agreed…He’s such a good husband! ๐Ÿ™‚ As a side story: Last year I wasn’t able to go with Andrew and David to pick out our Christmas tree. Andrew came home with a spruce that had the most spindly branches, smallest trunk, and was no doubt one of the cheapest trees on the lot. I decided that never again was I going to leave him in charge of picking out our tree! (I love you anyway, dear husband! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the picture of Andrew and David walking from behind! My two men! They are so precious! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Please ignore my cicadellic sweater in the photo below! It’s a warm, comfy sweater that I sometimes wear, but shouldn’t! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hadn’t planned on having my picture taken, but the kind man at the tree farm offered to take a family picture for us. I never turn down a family picture, even if I have on an ugly sweater!

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David also had his Christmas program/party yesterday evening. They did a come as you are pageant. That is where lots of different costumes are available, the kids show up, and pick out what they want to be. With some guidance it all works out. During the Christmas story the kids come up as their part is read. David was a wise man. They also sang Away in a Mangerย andย Go Tell It On The Mountain.ย It was cute and funny because they all sang really loud on the parts they knew well, and then very soft on the versus they didn’t know. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the pageant the kids have a party, and the parents are able to leave and come back later to pick up their kid. Andrew, Emma and I went home and had chicken enchilada soup for dinner. This is my new favorite soup! Emma loved it too, but wanted yogurt after she was finished with her soup. She decided she wanted to feed it to herself, and I let her. Andrew took her straight to the bath tub afterwards!

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After getting our Christmas tree home and set up we realized it was much bigger than what we thought at the farm. I love it though! I love the size, the smell, and everything about it. We decorated the Christmas tree tonight. Andrew put the lights on, and David helped me put on the ornaments. David wanted to put the star on the top, so Andrew lifted him up and helped him get it on. It was so precious! We don’t do a lot of fancy decorations on our tree, but the ornaments we have are special. A lot of our ornaments have been given to us by friends, students, family, and church members. Each year when we put those ornaments on the tree we remember those people.

O Christmas Tree
Aretha Franklin
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
Your boughs so green in summertime
Stay bravely green in wintertime
O tannenbaum, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
Let us all remember
In our gift giving and our merriment
With our family and friends and loved ones
The real and true meaning of Christmas
The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum
How lovely are, are thy branches
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum
How lovely are, how lovely are thy branches
The pillars all please faithfully
Our trust in God unchangedly
O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum
How love, lovely are thy branches

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