On Thanksgiving weekend….somewhere between Christmas decorating and eating turkey and stuffing and watching an entire marathon of happily-ever-afters…..

…..we managed to cut down a Christmas tree.

My children were a little amazed.

I think they thought Christmas trees only came from Wal-mart. 🙂

PS  Read about our adventure and preview a little front door decorating over at the Folk blog today.

White Christmas Decorating

photo credit:  RTM Connect 

PSS  Also….If you are looking for a little white inspiration I am posting all about white Christmases over at the Lamps Plus blog today, too!

I know.

I understand…..it’s enough of myself already 🙂

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  1. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    We always cut our tree too. My parents I and would tromp all over the woods looking for just the right one. I wouldn't take anything for those memories! The Mother would decorate with a different theme every year! Fun times!

  2. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    How lovely, and what a wonderful memory to make for your beautiful children! Back in the '60's, when aluminum trees with revolving colored light wheels were the rage, my baby sister looked at the "tree" my mother had proudly erected in the living room and stated emphatically "I do NOT think the squirrels and birds will like this ONE BIT!!! I guess she thought that, henceforth, all trees would be aluminum. Thank goodness that craze was short lived. Shudder.

  3. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Just popping over from "Folk" wonderful post Kari...as I said over "there"...I would have to call the Homeowners' Association, Landscape Board to get permission to cut down a branch!....How wonderful it is to go out to your property to bring the beauty of your land to your front porch...Just beautiful....i love the picture of the girls...they are so adorable!...and fantastic wreath Kari...love the evergreens and magnolias...Maybe I can sneak in the middle of the night and cut some of my neighbor's branches...or better yet, maybe I will just knock on their door!....Off to take another tree "out of the box"...and look in the classifieds for a "farm"...

  4. Image for Michele Michele

    What a delightful article you wrote, Karianne! What a neat new tradiation. I only did that one time - but the y ears of fresh trees are over b/c hubs is allergic to pine - of all things! But I daresay I would gladly give up those traditions if it means he's sneeze free! Cute pic of your girls "in tow!" Have a wonderful day!

  5. Image for kristi P kristi P

    Those are the sweet memories that your girls will cherish from their childhood. I still remember my parents bundling us up from head to toe in our warmest winter gear and them driving for HOURS to find that perfect tree. Searching for the"perfect" tree with my siblings and dodging their snow balls was always the start to a wonderful holiday season. Happy holidays !

  6. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    How fun! I love the picture of the girls dragging the branch behind them. Just darling.. I am glad your girls got to experience a tree cutting for Christmas-xo Diana

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    I live smack-dab in the middle of a tiny little town, but it's as urban as it gets in Crittenden Co. When we visited my husband's family the other day, out in the wilds of the Jackson Purchase region, my sister-in-law and I took a walk and saw SEVERAL prospective cedar trees - and my country-girl sister-in-law (who is, by the way, older than me and grew up on a REAL farm, unlike me, whom my husband laughingly refers to my homeplace as a "hobby farm.") actually thought the blue-ish berries on the trees meant there was something WRONG with it! I felt so countrified to be able to assure her that it was the natural "seeds" of the cedar! I think if I drive a couple of miles out - or look behind my parent's house - I may just find that "little something" that my front porch needs! ;) You are just FULL of great ideas!

  8. Image for judi judi

    once again kari anne you have amazed me with your decorating talents! love the trees on the front porch...gives me an idea for my porches and the antique shop that i've been crazy busy helping with. thanks for sharing.

  9. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    Lol, that is just so sweet! What a great memory that they will always cherish. I still remember the years that I did this with my family...and I always will. :-)

  10. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Karianne, This is a really sweet post. I really love the trees on the table especially the one with the letter tiles. Did I miss the tutorial on how to make it? Oh and I also love the photo of the sister's going out to find the perfect tree. I'm wondering if the one on the right wearing the leopard print jacket has a personality like mom's? I'm off to read the stories. Hugs, Linda

  11. Image for Leann Leann

    We've cut down our tree for years and years now our sons are grown and getting married and we still go. I hope one day to take our grandbabies (if we are blessed with them). Love that photo of the girls! Memories to last a lifetime! Enjoy the blessings of the season! Leann

  12. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    I an a sniley face person, too, I use them all the time and I dasn't count how many I use when commenting!;>) I, too, am a smiley person and some say I have a wicked sense of humor!.. Really?;>) See...I can even turn a question into a smile. Love your beautiful decorations. White is always so beautiful on a tree. Blessings- I hope you have a joy filled day!;>) xo Diana

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